As part of my on-going work about the possible benefit of nutrients for my own health, I have been researching recent articles about the effects of calcium supplements.
Do calcium supplements have risks?
Some doctors are currently of the view that taking calcium supplements may lead to an increased risk of a heart attack. Other doctors take the view that calcium supplements have little or no effect on the heart. Concern about calcium supplements and heart attack risks have recently arisen as many people continue to take calcium supplements to treat or prevent bone diseases such as Osteoporosis.
Calcium supplements side effects
The conclusions of a recent study suggest there is increased risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases in men who take over 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day. Other studies suggest there is an increased risk for both men and women. It is thought that the calcium in supplements could potentially make its way into fatty plaques in the arteries, which increases the risk of heart disease.
However, it is important to note that the calcium supplements that some doctors are concerned about are supplements in particularly high doses. Calcium from food sources, such as dairy and green leafy vegetables is not a concern at all. Current recommendations regarding calcium supplements for people who have risk factors for osteoporosis haven’t changed.
It’s important to continue to source calcium from your diet, take regular exercise so that you’re not solely relying on calcium supplements alone. If you have a health issue that may interfere with your other meds, please consult your doctor.