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Calcium Pills Pose 'Heart Risk'


Health & Wellness  (tags: Calcium pills pose 'heart risk' )

Agnes
- 936 days ago - bbc.co.uk
People who take calcium supplements could be increasing their risk of having a heart attack, according to researchers in Germany.



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Sue H. (7)
Friday May 25, 2012, 7:40 pm
"Further research is needed". "One flawed study". ????
 

Bianca D. (86)
Friday May 25, 2012, 10:13 pm
Not an entirely surprising finding. Many things, including stress and increased acidity (resulting from an unbalanced diet, and, curiously an excess of processed dairy products), can make calcium more sticky and more likely to form arterial plaque that impedes circulation and can starve the heart and other muscles of oxygen. It would have been interesting to see if any other variables were also correlated with the increased incidence of heart attacks in the study population.

Another important considerarion is that calcium and magnesium work in tandem. The problem in the developed world is one of balance as people are becoming increasingly deficient in magnesium both in absolute terms (lower magnesium content in foods produced on increasingly depleted soils that are only fertilized with N, P and K) and in relative terms as people's bodies are overloaded with calcium because of an excess of processed foods in their diet, myopic recommendations and nutritional fads. A good book on this subject is The Magnesium Miracle by Dr. Carolyn Dean MN. The mineral magnesium (Mg) is found in a plethora of enzymes and is involved in over 300 reactions in the body; reactions mainly associated with proper muscle function - including that of the heart - and particularly the relaxation of muscles after contraction (where Ca plays a role), as well as playing a critical role in reactions involved in energy production and oxygen utilization. The findings in the German study may be pointing to a widespread deficiency in magnesium.
 

Sarah M. (23)
Friday May 25, 2012, 11:17 pm
Noted. Thanks for the info!
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 12:06 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 5:00 am
thank you
 

Robert Hardy (68)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 6:17 pm
Who really knows? So many studies and so many rules. Living is hard enough.
 

sue l. (8)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:12 pm
Thanks for the info
 

Veronica C. (45)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 9:49 pm
Taking calcium supplements is risky. They caused my mother calcium deposits and kidney stones. You really should get just what you need, and it is better to get it from your diet.
 

Emma S. (228)
Monday May 28, 2012, 4:02 pm
Thank you, Agnes.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Monday May 28, 2012, 6:55 pm
I don't know, my mom takes them for her osto/arthritis and I take them because I can't get enough calcium in my diet, one study isn't going to convince me
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 12:45 am
Bianca has hit it on the nose. Calcium needs to be taken with magnesium.
 

Nola g. (5)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 12:27 pm
I take for my ost/arthritis and need them. Hope this study doesnt have any truth to it.
 

Kath P. (10)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 2:58 pm
Great article...makes you think.
Bianca D. made an excellent point concerning Magnesium.
 

b s. (28)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 4:59 pm
Taking organic beef gelatin is much better but as with any supplement, there is another supplement that should be taken with it to help with proper absorption and assimilation. In this case it is magnesium.
 

june t. (66)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 11:03 pm
I heard about this a couple of years ago and stopped taking calcium then.
 

Edith B. (145)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 1:29 pm
Everything we are told to do is reversed in a few years. The conclusion is to eat a healthy diet so you won't need so many supplements.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 1:28 am
Noted, thanks.
 
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