Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND
“Should I take a calcium supplement for my bones?”
This is a very common question asked. It has long been believed that a calcium supplementation is necessary to keep bones strong and prevent degenerative bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
Truth: Studies have found that calcium supplementation has NOT been found to prevent nor correct bone loss or reduce bone fracture rates. Not only has calcium supplementation not been found helpful to bone health, it has been found harmful and related to an increase in coronary artery disease. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2012 found a 139% percent greater risk of heart attack in those who took calcium supplements over the 11 year period in which the study was conducted, while calcium intake through food did not increase the risk.
The problem being that supplemental calcium, taken as a tablet or in a multivitamin or in calcium enriched packaged foods, is often a large dose but the body is only able to absorb a small amount of the calcium blast and the rest must be eliminated through the kidneys. Often the body isn’t able to fully eliminate it and over time calcium builds up and gets stored, not in the bones, but in the tissues and arteries or can lead to calcium stones in the kidneys.
Solution: Calcium is best absorbed in whole food form, not supplementation. […]