High Dose Calcium Supplements Shown to Increase Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Death

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A startling finding coming from the landmark Women’s Health Initiative, an exceptional quality, seven year analysis including 36,282 postmenopausal women, is that taking one gram (1000 mg) if calcium daily will increase your risk of death from cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attacks, even when taken with very low dose vitamin D (400 iu).  The risk of heart attack was found to be 24% higher in the calcium takers, with only a 4 in 1000 chance that the study conclusions were wrong.

The researchers concluded “A reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management is warranted.”

How much calcium is safe?
CHS researchers believe that the increased heart disease risk is caused by a magnesium deficiency triggered by excess calcium.  Magnesium is vital in controlling several body systems, including heart beat.  The USDA has found that calcium deficiency is quite rare, but that magnesium deficiency affects more than half of the US population.  Ingesting excess calcium causes our kidneys to “dump” the extra calcium into urine, and due to peculiarities in kidney function, vital magnesium gets flushed away as a passenger.

CHS recommends that to prevent osteoporosis safely, take twice as much magnesium as calcium, limit your total calcium supplementation to 400 mg per day, take twice that amount of magnesium, plus be sure to get at least 2000 iu of Vitamin D and 100 mcg of Vitamin K2, shown to control how and where the calcium is deposited.

CHS has added the CHS Safe Osteoporosis Prevention Package to our Spring Sale, featuring a 3 month supply of Reverse Ratio Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, Vitamin K Complex and 2000iu Vitamin D3


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