I've warned you for years...
Brand new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association this month backs up our advice... Calcium supplements are dangerous.
If you've been a subscriber of mine for a while, you've undoubtedly read my warnings.
Calcium supplements are ineffective at best and deadly at the worst.
Researchers performed a heart test that measured something called "coronary artery calcium" levels.
Increased levels of coronary calcium indicate heart disease and a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes. That's because when we have a buildup of calcium in our bodies, it contributes to the plaques that form in our arteries. These plaques build up and slow blood flow, leading to heart problems.
Folks who took calcium supplements had a 22% higher risk of developing increased levels of coronary calcium over the 10-year study period.
Even more impressive... people who had the same calcium intake from food instead of pills had no increased risk at all.
And earlier this year, two studies published in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) showed that there is little, if any, connection between taking calcium supplements and reduced risk of breaking a bone.
This further backs our claim that calcium supplements don't do anything and aren't worth the risk, since they lack benefit and can do more harm than good. Calcium supplements raise the risk of heart attacks 30%.
So how can you prevent problems like this? The answer is simple...
Eat healthy foods to fulfill your calcium needs. When calcium comes from food, the body absorbs it slowly to keep your blood calcium levels from rising. Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium.
Yogurt is my favorite way to get enough calcium, plus you get the benefits of probiotics. You can read more about why I love yogurt right here. Remember, to get the most benefit, you want to avoid yogurt with a lot of added sugars or fruits.
If you're taking calcium for bone health, remember that weight-bearing exercise is even better for you than those supplements.
Men and women both experience bone loss with age, but women with osteoporosis outnumber men four to one. Numerous studies conclude strength training increases bone density and improves balance and strength. All of this leads to a reduction in falls and potential bone fractures.
However, there are dangers to consider when weightlifting. Weightlifting can cause bone fractures and muscle strains. There's also the danger of dropping a weight on yourself and causing serious injury. So start out with light weights and be careful.
If you're willing to pay for a trainer – or have a partner to work out with – you can reduce some of these risks. A trainer will also ensure that you learn the proper form to use when lifting weights – a key to avoiding risks of injury.
But if you can't afford a trainer, don't have a workout partner, or aren't able to lift weights... don't underestimate the benefits of simply walking. It's a great alternative solution.
Research from the University of Missouri found that high-impact training in general helps build strong bones and fight osteoporosis. That includes running as well.
In my latest issue of Retirement Millionaire, I cover the "calcium lie" in depth. The truth will shock you. In the issue, I showed the best foods for getting your calcium naturally and the other minerals that are just as important for bone health. Subscribers can read more here.
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What We're Reading...
- RadiologyInfo covers what you need to know about heart tests for calcium.
- Something different: The origin of China's "Terracotta Army."
Here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,
Dr. David Eifrig and the Retirement Millionaire Daily Research Team
October 18, 2016