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How Calcium became the latest supplement
to falter under scientific scrutiny

Calcium supplementation is essential for preventing osteoporosis

Americans seem to believe that every health condition can be fixed with a pill, especially if we’re talking about infectious diseases that demand anti-viral, antibiotics, and anti-fungal. What about the rest of the medical dictionary? There are numerous other chronic health problems that affect our health on a daily basis.

Osteoporosis is a serious health condition, and increasingly more people are having difficulties paying for the treatment. Remedying the condition is costly, not to mention that the side effects can make patients feel worse. Preventing osteoporosis is a lot more cost-efficient, and the efforts to foil the bone disease concentrates on a pill: calcium supplementation. Just like with other pills once considered harmless, the efficiency and safety of calcium supplementation in averting bone loss has recently faltered under scientific scrutiny.

Glass of milk
Dairy products, such as a glass of milk, will help you prevent osteoporosis in your later years

Both vitamin D and calcium have been attentively studied over the years. The number of people with osteoporosis is constantly boosting, so we should know if taking supplements for bone strength can or can’t help us. After the age of 50, nearly 50% of all women develop problems related to bone fractures. In some cases these issues are not that severe, but in some other circumstance it can seriously affect life quality.

The risks of taking calcium supplements

Studies have shown that calcium supplements can increase the risk of having a heart attack. It is believed that the supplement can make its way into the arteries’ fatty plaques and trigger a condition known as atherosclerosis. Hardening the plaques may lead to heart diseases. The controversy has left postmenopausal women wonder if they should or shouldn’t take calcium to strengthen their bones and alleviate osteoporosis. The safest way of providing your bones with the right amount of calcium without taking supplements is to eat right. Unfortunately, very few American people consume enough dairy products after the age of 50.

Spoonful of tablets
Latest research suggests that calcium supplementation without vitamin D could increase the risk of heart problems, although there's no direct link to prove it

For years, calcium was regarded as an essential supplement for people’s cardiovascular systems. It can lower blood pressure and diminish the risk of hypertension. The controversy arose when the University of Auckland uncovered that calcium can increase the risk of having a heart attack by 30% when taken without vitamin D. Too many studies are trying to prove that calcium can cause a stroke or heart attack, and therefore confusing results are invading the market. People don’t know what to believe anymore, and thus far no study has managed to give a straight answer or provide accurate proof.

How to include more calcium in your diet without supplementation

Calcium is a nutrient that builds bone strength. It boosts bone density so your chances of developing severe osteoporosis after the age of 50 are greatly diminished. Brittle bones lead to serious fractures that will become more and more fragile as you age. Unlike men, who are prone to developing the condition as well, women a lot more sensitive and their chances are increased.

Ask yourself this: are you eating enough dairy? Milk, cheese, and yoghurt are essential sources of calcium, and as long as they’re taken from food you can be sure you’re safe. Nevertheless, there are people who are not including sufficient amounts of dairy in their diet, such a lactose intolerant people. In their case, taking calcium supplements to strengthen the bones in the only way to prevent osteoporosis.

Calcium tablets
Despite being under scrutiny, calcium supplementation is vital in preventing osteoporosis

Calcium supplements are safe

Providing that the advice mentioned on the label is taken into consideration, taking calcium supplements is safe. The nutrient is vital for our bone health, particularly in women with sensitive bones. In spite of all the studies and reports made regarding calcium and its side effects, there’s no actual connection that can link it to heart diseases. Cutting out calcium supplementation from our diet can potentially do more harm than good, particularly because we’re talking about women in their 50s.

We all have different opinions as far as supplements are concerned. Calcium is a nutrient that can prevent osteoporosis and no study can argue with that matter. It shouldn’t surprise us that the media is scrutinizing the efficiency of calcium on our health. It’s literally impossible to know for sure that calcium supplements are harmful, and in spite of what numerous studies are trying to emphasize, it’s still vital for our bones.

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