risks from calcium supplements

the recommended daily intake of calcium per day is 1200mg for healthy bones. to make sure one can reach that goal, calcium supplements help when one doesn’t have enough with food. but a new study links calcium supplements with greater danger of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular issues. the study did not show that calcium supplements were the actual causes of the issues but that those who took it were in the group who has more heart attacks.

the result? having too much or too little calcium is not good. consuming ~820mg calcium in one’s diet daily, helps lower the risk of heart attacks and is crucial for bone health. best sources of calcium in one’s diet includes dairy products, canned fish with edible bones (sardines, salmon), green vegetables (broccoli, kale, bok choy), nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts) and fruits (oranges, apricots, dried figs).

other ways to protect bone and heart health:

  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Be sure to get enough vitamin D (800 to 1,000 iu)
  • Exercise (regular weight-bearing exercise, including walking, jogging, dancing, and skipping). Older women who sit 9 or more hours a day have a 50 percent higher risk for hip fracture than those who sit fewer than six hours a day.
  • Limit TV time: people who devoted four or more hours a daily to screen-based leisure time entertainment had double the risk of a major cardiac event resulting in hospitalization, death or both, compared to people who spent less than 2 hours glued to the tube.

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read article on Yahoo! Health by Lisa Collier Cool for Healthline: Calcium Supplement Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risk

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