Should You Supplement with Calcium?

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Dr Jay Wilkins

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Should You Supplement with Calcium?

Headlines concerning the use of calcium supplements sway back and forth like palm trees in the wind. The reason behind this confusing phenomenon has to do more with irresponsible media jumping on the latest news release with a desire to grab as much attention as possible than with evidence provided by sound studies.

After years of hearing about the importance of supplementing with calcium from doctors and other experts concerned about the “silent epidemic” of osteoporosis, a meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal in 2010 raised the concern that supplementation with the mineral, having been associated by the researchers with admittedly modest increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, ”might translate into a large burden of disease in the population.”1

The meta-analysis, which evaluated data from 8,151 participants in 15 trials, found that, of 296 subjects who had heart attacks, 166 were receiving calcium and 130 received a placebo, resulting in a 27% increase in the relative risk in those receiving calcium.

The journal subsequently published letters received, concerning the conclusions of the researchers involved in the analysis, while other sources of information, including Life Extension®, published their own analysis of the findings and offered possible explanations, such as a lack of co-supplementation with vitamin D, exclusion of trials that found reductions rather than increases in cardiovascular disease in association with calcium supplementation, and other potential factors. Yet the damage had been done, the public had read the popular news media headlines.

Why is Calcium Important?

Calcium is an essential mineral, meaning that it is necessary to human life and health. Unlike some vitamins, minerals are not made in the body and must be obtained in the diet. Also unlike some vitamins, minerals do not readily wash out of the body and can accumulate to undesirably elevated levels if too much is consumed over a prolonged period.

Calcium is also used every second of our lives to maintain the proper pH of the blood. It is the most abundant mineral of the body and forms a major part of the bones. It also forms a part of atherosclerotic plaques that narrow the arteries.

It has been known for some time that the bones need more than just calcium, and that magnesium, and vitamins D and K, are needed to keep calcium in the skeleton and out of the arterial walls. Therefore, adding these nutrients is recommended for those who…
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