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Dangers of Calcium Supplements
megmo84 posted:
New research suggests calcium supplements are a danger to heart health. (See the link below.) A personal concern... I eat a calcium-rich diet, but take 600-900 mg calcium carbonate + vitamin D to counteract my not-so-healthy choices (salty foods, caffeine, phosphoric acid).

Given my consumption of these "calcium-leachers", do calcium supplements still pose a threat?
bonebabe responded:
Who knows any more? It seems like some study or another is always coming out to tell us that whatever it is we're doing is going to hurt us.

What we tell all our patients and have for the 20 years our osteoporosis center has been in existence is to get as much calcium as you can from diet and supplement the rest. That's why they're called supplements. Calcium is something the body needs and we have to supply it as best we can.

I like this thought that someone posted on my Facebook page:

"Isn't it a shame. All those health nuts lying in the hospital dying from nothing."
megmo84 replied to bonebabe's response:
I suppose my confusion lies in my consumption of dietary components that leach calcium - caffeine, sodium, and phosphoric acid. Would I benefit from extra calcium - higher than the 1200 mg recommendation - to offset the potential adverse effects of these ingredients?
bonebabe replied to megmo84's response:
No. If you take a calcium supplement and get even a little calcium in your diet, I wouldn't spend much time worrying about it.

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