Calcium! It’s vital for strong bones isn’t it? If you are worried about bone health as you age, or if the worst happens and you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, you’d want to take a calcium pill, right? That’s what we’ve all been led to believe, and the indoctrination runs deep. And of course a calcium supplement would never do any harm would it? Not true, according to the results of a German study involving almost 24,000 people, followed for over a decade. This study, despite being described as “flawed” by a doctor representing the Health Supplements Information Service (which is funded by supplement manufacturers, so will not be unbiased), found that there was an 86% increase in risk of heart attacks in the supplemented group compared to those who did not take the inorganic calcium.
This study has sparked a debate which will no doubt run and run, but the case against using individual isolated calcium is strong, given that a meta-analysis, published in 2010 in the British Medical Journal, indicated that elemental calcium supplements increase the risk of cardiac infarction (heart attack).
What are these studies therefore telling us? It has been known for many years that inorganic calcium supplementation has at best marginal, and often insignificant effects on bone density, and there is now a call for doctors to be rethinking their advice on how osteoporosis is treated. With regard to calcium, some scientists are trying to take only one component of a complicated system and expecting it to do the job of the numerous minerals and cofactors that are involved in bone health. All we seem to hear about in relation to bone strength is calcium; few speak of magnesium, boron, manganese, germanium, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Vitamin C… even though they are all equally important, and possibly even more so. Additionally, why is it still anticipated that individual, isolated supplementation will have the same results as a health-giving diet that incorporates all these elements in their natural form, together with all the enzymes and co-factors that make them bioavailable? When will we learn that we have to eat food to assimilate these minerals, and not rely on inorganic supplements, often made from, in the case of calcium, chalk?
We know that we can find masses of organic, bioavailable calcium in green plants, and, by eating them, we reduce our risk of cardiac events, whilst obtaining the many other minerals and vitamins known to be essential to bone health. For my definitive guide on building healthy bones naturally with diet and exercise, please follow this link
Stay strong, without causing problems elsewhere in your body!