The Myth and Facts of Calcium
Taking calcium? Still suffering from calcium deficiency? Cases of osteoporosis and fractures are still increasing! Calcium deficiency can strike at any age and affects both men and women. Do you know if your calcium supplements are safe and effective
June 3, 2014 (Newswire.com) - Calcium deficiency is responsible for approximately 150 different degenerative diseases and conditions. For example:
- bone spurs
- high blood pressure
- increased cholesterol levels
- muscle cramp
- kidney stones
- acid reflux
Who should take calcium?
Elderly people should take calcium. Osteoporosis often goes undetected until a fracture occurs. 80% of all fractures occur in people above 50, fractures are not only expensive to treat but can also be fatal. Women going through menopause should take calcium as well. Women begin to lose bone mass in their mid-30s and bone loss occurs from 2-3% per year as women approach menopause. Bone mass peaks around 16-20 for women and 20-25 for men. Children and teenager should also be supplementing calcium. It's shown that about 40% of children are deficient of calcium in the states. Lastly, pregnant and nursing women, athletes, people in weight loss program, people who easily experience muscle spasm and people with poor sleeping quality should all be taking calcium.
Did you know that supplementing calcium by itself can potentially be dangerous?
A study in May 2012 showed those individuals who took just calcium supplements alone doubled their risk of having a heart attack. Calcium deposits in your arteries instead of in your bones. Therefore, Calcium should not be supplemented by itself.
Are you currently taking Calcium Carbonate or Magnesium Oxide?
Less than half of calcium carbonate will be absorbed, and the rest may cause kidney stones or arterial wall calcification. This form of calcium may cause acid rebound which is when the stomach produces too much acid in an attempt to compensate for high dose of calcium carbonate. Less than 10% of Magnesium oxide will be absorbed. With low Mg level, it will increase the risk of heart disease.
What to Look for In Calcium Supplement?
- Perfect Calcium and Magnesium in 1:1 ratio
- Highest absorbable form of Calcium & Magnesium
- Calcium citrate: Doesn't matter if you take with meal or not, it can be well absorbed. Good for people experiencing acid rebound from taking calcium carbonate and those with history of stomach ulcers
- Calcium malate: Easy to absorb and high tolerance level. Absorption is increased by 40%.
- Magnesium amino acid chelate, Magnesium taurinate, Magnesium glycinate
- much better absorption than magnesium oxide
Why is Magnesium Essential?
- 80% of the population are deficient in Magnesium, which leads to increased risk of osteoporosis and heart attack
- Magnesium activates vitamin D to its most potent form
- Magnesium is needed to build new bone
- Critical for maintaining proper electrical conduction in the heart
- Decreases the risk of sudden death-especially in women
- Decreases the risk of heart attacks
- Lowers blood pressure-it is nature's own calcium channel blocker
Supplementing calcium by itself doesn't do any good if you don't have enough Vitamin D
- Key for calcium absorption
- Vitamin D3 is the most active form
- Helps build up bone density
- Body can't even absorb calcium without vitamin D
- It doesn't do any good to supplement calcium if your vitamin D levels are low
- Cancer risk of all cancers is reduced by nearly 77%
- Decreased risk of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Decreased risk of developing multiple sclerosis
- Improves Rheumatoid Arthritis and Congestive Heart Failure as it decreases the risk of stroke
Acting as the calcium commander is Vitamin K2
- Ensures that your calcium supplements are deposited in the bone and not your arteries. This is the key in making your calcium supplements safer
- Activates factors (osteocalcin) in the bone to grab and hold onto calcium to help build stronger bone - helps to decrease fractures by 81%
- Vitamin K1 does not accomplish this goal
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