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The Truth About Supplemental Calcium

Posted by Sam Benjamin, M.D.
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on Monday, July 04, 2011
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As I mentioned on my radio show today, the issue of how much, if any,  supplemental calcium you should take is unknown at this point in time. What is known is that there are many different uses, types, dosages, and risks of which the general public is shockingly unaware.

For instance, supplemental calcium may play a role in weight loss, possibly controlling lipids (fats in the blood like cholesterol and triglycerides), blood pressure and, of course, in maintaining healthy bones. However, in a number of studies taking more than approximately 800 mg of elemental calcium daily could increase the risk of a heart attack by 30%.