The media recently reported new findings that men who took 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day or more were 20 percent more likely to die of heart-related causes than those who did not take calcium in supplement form. The findings, from the National Cancer Institute, also found no increased risk for women. This may sound disturbing for those of you who have taken calcium supplements for years, but it is important to note that the study also concluded that even though an increased risk of death was observed in this study, they can not say for sure whether or not it was the calcium supplements that caused this occurrence. At this point in time, there is no cause and effect relationship.
It is important to note that this study is not understating the importance of calcium in one’s diet. Calcium from whole food sources is definitely recommended and as I’ve stated over and over again, this is the best way for your body to get the nutrients needed. As part of my wellness plan, I recommend consuming calcium as part of your daily diet from sources such as organic, unsweetened, whole yogurt, organic cheeses (cream cheese/other depending on your current PHASE), organic heavy cream, organic whole sour cream, and of course from dark, leafy, green sources such as kale, spinach, and collard greens. Unfortunately, many people still don’t receive the amount of vitamins and nutrients that they need in their diet for reasons such as malabsorption issues and inadequate levels of nutrients that are present in the food choices that they consume. For that reason, I still recommend that most people consume a high-quality multivitamin which contains calcium. Not all vitamins are the same though, so please, if you have any questions, ask me and I can help you find one that is best suited for you.