How Much Calcium Do I Need?
The Wall Street Journal has published a big article on calcium supplements. It states that too much calcium may put you at risk for heart attacks or kidney stones and that this is a growing problem. I agree with the article because doctors have been notorious for over prescribing calcium. They are telling their patients to get 1,200 – 2,000mg of calcium daily with some vitamin D. This isn’t going to make stronger bones, this is going to lead to plaque on artery walls, bone spurs and, kidney stones.
If your doctor tells you that you have low bone mass or osteoporosis it’s advised to get a second opinion from someone in the natural health care field. They will tell you that in order for calcium to enter your bones and build stronger tissue, you need to take magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K along with calcium. Some bone supplement have also been known to throw copper, boron, phosphorus and zinc into the mix.
Studies have shown that deficiencies in magnesium lead to kidney stones and heart disease. This is because calcium cannot enter bone mass without the help of magnesium. So, instead of making your bones stronger the calcium is deposited in other areas of your body such as your arteries and kidneys thus causing heart attacks and kidney stones.
Something else to consider with calcium supplements is the type of calcium. Calcium citrate is easily absorbed even with low stomach acid levels. This is the one I recommend.
And, one last thing; your body only absorbs 200 to 500mg of calcium at one time. Spread your calcium supplements out each day. Taking 200 – 500mg throughout the day is the best way to take your calcium supplements.