For the last few decades, people have been taught to take calcium for bones. Drink milk, take calcium supplements for strong bones and teeth. Yet, during the same time, osteoporosis incidences rose at an alarming rate more than ever in history.
In fact, more and more studies are showing that calcium is the main culprit in the cases of most inflammation. Any diseases with names ending with –itis are explaining inflammation of body parts.
For example, colitis is inflammation of the colon, sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus, bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi, arthritis is inflammation of the joints (from the word arthrosis), and hepatitis is inflammation of the liver (from the word hepar). You get the idea, they are all the same “disease”, that is inflammation.
A 12-year study tracking about 78,000 nurses found that the more cow’s milk they consumed, the higher the rate of bone fractures were experienced. In countries where dairy and calcium consumption is lowest, bone fracture rates are also the lowest. (Ref: The China Study)
It is not just a matter of taking calcium from foods and supplements for strong bones. There are various important factors that affect whether your calcium intake is properly deposited into the bones, or if they are not absorbed, may cause calcium deposits elsewhere.
CALCIUM IN THE WRONG PLACES
98% of calcium is found in our bones, 1% in our teeth and 1% in other tissues. Calcium that is not deposited in the bones may cause:
- Brittle and fragile bones (osteoporosis)
- Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis)
- Calcification in the brain (intracranial calcification)
- Calcification in the liver and kidneys (liver and kidney stones)
- Calcification in joints (arthritis and gout)
- And many other medical conditions
FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO CALCIUM TOXICITY
Calcium toxicity is a complex issue and it it not simply an overdose of calcium, whether the sources are from food or supplements. Various factors and the nutritional condition of an individual play a part on whether the calcium will be absorbed into the bones, or it will “run loose” in the blood and cause calcification elsewhere.
These are some things to consider:
- Nutrient cofactors—there are many other minerals for healthy bone formation, such as magnesium, boron, manganese, zinc, copper, silicon and phosphorus
- Calcium requires vitamins A, C, D and K for optimal metabolism
- High animal protein and dairy consumption may cause an acidic blood that increases calcium loss
- A very high fat intake (of the wrong kinds of fats), and artificial food additives from processed foods inhibit calcium absorption
- Long-term medication and stress deplete the body of various minerals that are necessary for calcium absorption
- Excessive sugar and salt intake deplete the body of minerals that help calcium absorption
- Certain health conditions may also prevent calcium absorption leading to bone loss
- Drinking water that is fortified with “bad” calcium that the body cannot assimilate. Drinking water that contains fluoride also depletes the body of minerals that prevent calcium absorption.
- Taking the wrong kind of calcium supplements
So, is calcium really all that bad? Should you throw out your calcium supplements? The quick and short answer is NO. A quick and short-term solution is to temporarily stop eating excess calcium, and supplement with magnesium to reduce inflammation.
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