Life Enthusiast Newsletter 096
Calcium Supplementation is Necessary AND Complicated
Let’s simplify it…
One reason Life-Enthusiast strives to bring you the most current health information is because it seems to change almost every week. And that can be confusing. First we’re told that we need more Calcium for stronger bones, then they say Calcium supplements are not only worthless, but they can actually be harmful.
We know that Calcium is critical for your health and performance, but it’s a complicated situation, that we’re about to simplify. First I want to explain how Calcium supplements can be harmful.
Big Health Troubles from Calcium Supplementation
Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
A study published in May 2012 showed that Calcium supplements may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. The study followed almost 24,000 Europeans and found that people taking only Calcium supplements were about twice as likely to have a heart attack. [Li K, Kaaks R, Linseisen J, Rohrmann S. Associations of dietary Calcium intake and Calcium supplementation with myocardial infarction and stroke risk and overall cardiovascular mortality in the Heidelberg cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. Heart. 2012 Jun;98(12):920-5.]
Does NOT Prevent Bone Fractures
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that postmenopausal women DO NOT take Calcium. After reviewing more than 135 studies, the task force said there was little evidence that these supplements prevent fractures in healthy women.
Increases Risk of Cancer and Kidney Stones
Daily supplementation of Calcium at 1000 milligrams is associated with increased prostate cancer risk and an increase in kidney stones (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).
Quite evident from the statistics, here’s more about high-Calcium intake:
- Taking more Calcium will not fix a Calcium deficiency
- Taking more Calcium can cause a Magnesium deficiency
- Taking more Magnesium will fix a Calcium deficiency.
Now this may come as a surprise…
Do you NEED Calcium Supplementation? ~ YES!
It’s true, you DO need Calcium supplementation, but the RIGHT one, and we’ll get to that in a moment.
You DO need Calcium supplementation because it’s nearly impossible to get enough nutrients from a good diet anymore. Commercially grown food is severely nutrient deficient – even in Calcium – from overused soils that have not had their nutrients replenished, giving us food with fewer nutrients than ever before.
Calcium NEEDS Magnesium ~ to be good for you.
Calcium depends on Magnesium to get into your cells. Magnesium regulates the entrance and utilization of Calcium in your cells.
Without Magnesium, Calcium remains unused in your body.
This will result in Calcium deposits in your joints (aggravating arthritis), gallstones, kidney stones, and in extreme cases calcification of the brain and other body organs. This in turn, results in memory loss and eventually death. All of these conditions often disappear after taking extra Magnesium (except death, of course).
The RIGHT Calcium Supplement ~ Coral Calcium
Naturally occurring Calcium and Magnesium balance each other to be assimilated into your body.
Your body instinctively knows how to efficiently use naturally occurring nutrients, like Coral Calcium. It’s absorbed and used very effectively.
The Coral Calcium we use is from Okinawa in Japan, and it touches the lives of locals in a profound way – they have the best health and longest lives in the world! They look younger, and say they feel younger too.
America has the highest rate of milk consumption and Calcium supplementation, yet the highest occurrence of osteoporosis (Calcium loss) in the Western world.
The Correct Calcium to Magnesium Ratio
Since Calcium and Magnesium depend on each other to be assimilated into your body, they should be taken together. Take them alone only to correct an imbalance.
Milk (cow’s milk, intended for cows) has the ratio of 8 Calcium to 1 Magnesium, causing a problem with milk drinkers.
The ideal ratio for most people’s needs is equal amounts of Calcium and Magnesium. If Calcium consumption is high, then Magnesium intake also needs to be high.
Yet the ideal ratio varies:
- High-protein diets need about equal amounts of Calcium and Magnesium.
- Low fat and low protein diets need to make their Magnesium intake higher.
Based on their Metabolic Type, some people need more Calcium than others. We can help you learn about your Metabolic Type, and your specific nutritional requirements based on it.
Benefits of Coral Calcium You Will See and Feel…
Essential for your pH balance – Critical for Life Itself!
One major function of Calcium – together with Magnesium – is maintaining proper pH balance – absolutely essential for a healthy body!
Checking your pH balance should be one of the first things to consider if experiencing any disruptions in your body, and you can learn how by reading this article “Test Your Body’s pH Levels”.
Your pH balance regulates the way your body uses enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
If your pH becomes excessively acid or alkaline, the results can be disastrous. Within an unbalance pH environment, cells throughout your entire body may become contaminated by their own toxic waste and die. When disregarded, an unbalanced pH level will disrupt all cellular functions, interfering with virtually every activity involved with sustaining your life.
Calcium is important to maintain regular heartbeat and to transmit nerve impulses. It is needed for muscle growth and contraction, and for the prevention of muscle cramps. Also essential in blood clotting, and may lower blood pressure.
Calcium deficiency may result in muscle cramps, nervousness, heart palpitations, brittle nails, eczema, hypertension, aching joints, increased cholesterol levels, rheumatoid arthritis, tooth decay, insomnia.