The Truth Behind Calcium Supplements

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When one is diagnosed with osteoporosis, it means that technically, for a person to qualify for this label, it means she has lost 50 to 75 percent of the original bone material from her skeleton. Sadly, 1 out of every 4 women has lost over half her bone density by the time she turns 60 years old.

Unfortunately, the loss of calcium and other minerals from the bones is a gradual process which goes on steadily for a long time before it becomes evident. There is no flashing red light to warn us that our bodies are losing calcium. And it is usually not apparent until loose teeth, receding gums, or a fractured hip show how brittle and chalky the bones have become. The end result of the skeletal structure’s gradual erosion is calcium-deficient bones that may break with the slightest provocation. Even a mere sneeze may crack a rib.

Bone density is hard to detect until it reaches such as unfortunate stage, is that even in extreme cases of osteoporosis, the calcium level of the blood is usually normal. In the body’s ranking of needs, the blood level of calcium takes definite priority over the bone level of calcium. The body needs calcium for vital operations, such as controlling muscular contractions, blood clotting, transmission of nerve impulses and other utterly essential tasks. When the body needs to supply calcium to the blood for any reason, it acts as if the bones were a ‘bank’ of stored calcium, and through a series of biochemical reactions a ‘check’ is drawn on the calcium bank. Your body draws calcium from your bones to supply calcium to your blood.

The only thing we can do is to consume as much dairy products and drink milk while we are still young and at the prime of our lives. However, note that Osteoporosis is, in fact, a disease caused by a number of things, the most important of which is excess dietary animal protein! Quite ironic, when you think about it, right?

The more high calcium intake we do , the more excess animal protein in the diet, the greater the incidence of negative calcium balance, and the greater the loss of calcium from the bones. Throughout the world, the incidence of osteoporosis correlates directly with animal protein intake. The greater the intake of protein, the more common and more severe will be the osteoporosis. In fact, world health statistics show that osteoporosis is most common in exactly those countries where dairy products are consumed in the largest quantities – the United States, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The current estimated risks of excess calcium intake; based on research, in 1000 individuals supplemented with high dose calcium, there was a 30% increase in stroke. The excess dose was considered at more than 500 mg in any one supplement.

Keeping our blood at an essentially neutral pH is top priority for our body. If our blood were to become too acidic we would die. Accordingly, if the diet contains a lot of acid forming foods (meat, dairy, sugar and processed carbohydrates), then the body, in its wisdom, withdraws calcium from the bones and uses this alkaline mineral to balance the pH of the blood. Meat, eggs and fish are the most acid-forming of the foods, and hence the ones that cause calcium to be drawn from the bones to restore the pH balance. Most fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, generally yield an alkaline ash, and so require no depletion of calcium stores from the bones to maintain the neutrality of the blood.

In spite of its claims, milk–despite its high calcium and protein contents, and high acidity, appears actually to contribute to the accelerating development of osteoporosis.

We’re no medical experts, but we try to expose some truths about one of the most misaligned conditions our current medical world go on about. Doctors says we nee to keep all calcium supplement doses to less than 500mg. Take with a meal in the evening to slow absorption and reduce any spikes in blood calcium. Ultimately, we need to move our diets towards eating more greens, vegetables and less of the highly acidic foods that are creating our modern dilemma.

So what are your thoughts about calcium supplements?

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.