We all know that calcium is one of the primarily minerals and nutrients that can be found in a human body. Calcium is important for our dental and overall health, and nutrition experts recommend us adding plenty of natural sources of calcium to our daily diet. Or, some people who are in need of increased amounts of this mineral can sometimes make a choice to take calcium supplements. Calcium is the main building material for our bones and teeth, and it is estimated that 99 per cent of calcium in the body is stored in our teeth and bones. However, as we age, the ability of our body to digest calcium declines. That is why aging people are sometimes recommended to take the supplements. Unfortunately, along with positive effects of taking such supplements, there are also negative effects. According toe the findings of a study published recently in the Journal of American Medical Association, taking calcium supplements is linked to increased heart disease risk, especially in aging women.
Th research included collecting data and following about 4,000 study participants, women aged 50+, for the period of time over 12 years. This study was a follow up of another study which found out that men who take calcium supplements regularly have a little higher heart disease risk compared to those men who never use this kind of supplements: for some men the chances to develop this serious disease go as high as 20 per cent. According to the published report about the study on women, it was discovered that the same kinds of risks are valid for women as well, and those who take calcium supplements have higher chances to die from a heart disease. The found out effects are most likely caused by excessive calcium getting collected in the arteries and this way increasing heat disease risk, as well as the risk for some other cardiovascular diseases.
Unnecessary calcium supplementation should be avoided at all costs, unless there’s a clear indication of deficiency ascertained by a bone scan or other vitamin deficiencies,’ said senior heart surgeon Dr Ramakant Panda, one of the leading heart surgeons and the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Asian Heart Institute, who led the study. He underlines that despite a common recommendation which people aged 55 and over can received from their dental care specialists to take calcium supplements in order to support their dental health, it is necessary to do everything possible to avoid using this supplements. He said that those who are taking the supplement have elevated heart disease risk which goes on increasing withing the time the supplement is being taken, so in the end of the ends the risk for developing a serious heart condition can go way higher than the stated 20 percent.
So, the best solution is adding plenty of natural sources of calcium to our daily diet. Natural calcium does not have that property to build up in our blood vessels, but it is still recommended to control daily calcium consumption, especially in the elderly. Daily doses of calcium recommended by the specialists are the following: 900-1,000 mg calcium per day for men, and 1,300 – 1,400 mg of calcium per day for men. There are a few types of foods rich in calcium which can play a role of natural alternatives to calcium supplements. Those include cheddar cheese (contains 300 mg of calcium in 20 ml of high quality product), plain curd (450 mg in a small cup), soy milk (almost 400 mg per cup), milk (300 mg in one glass), and tofu cheese (250 mg per cup). Besides, such natural food as almonds and sesame seeds are also considered excellent sources of calcium. Learn more about the issue and consult your dental care specialist before taking calcium supplements.