Does your doctor harp on you to take your calcium supplements every day, especially if you’re post menopausal? Two out of three of my doctors do. However, after more research, I’m rethinking calcium supplements being the right choice for me.
Listen to my 2.5 minute interview with Brandon Amalani, owner of a whole foods and supplements co-op called Shenblossom. He believes there’s a lot of misinformation out their about calcium and so do the experts I quote below.
What’s Your Take on Taking Calcium?
I found many sources that play devil’s advocate to my primary care doc’s view of advocating calcium supplements in midlife. I’ll start with Dr. Robert Thompson from Anchorage, Alaska, and his co-authored book, The Calcium Lie. In the video below and his book, he repeats over and over that calcium hardens concrete but what are bones are deficient in is minerals.
Dr. Anne Marie Colbin, author of the new book A Whole Foods Approach to Bone Health, advocates getting our calcium from green plants like cows get it from grass. Ameet Matura, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and blogger at Rice of Life, agrees. Matura urges women not to be brainwashed by former calcium myths and to practice the new wellness curriculum he follows that integrate Western nutritional science with Eastern traditions like Ayurveda and Macrobiotics.
“Should anyone be taking calcium supplements? In my opinion, absolutely not.
Thomas E. Levy, MD, Optimal Nutrition for Optimal Health, 2001, Pg. 132.
If you need further evidence, a Harvard Nurses Study that found women who drink two or more glasses of milk per day have a 50% greater chance of bone fractures than those who drink more than one glass per week.
And while good intentioned calcium supplements, don’t guarantee that extra calcium will go to your bones. Calcium from these supplements often flood our bloodstream, which looks for any place to deposit it (including our kidneys and other organs), which can cause other health complications.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, just a extremely health conscious woman over 45 who wants to live a long, healthy life taking as few pills and supplements as possible.
What’s your stance?
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