How Much Calcium is Too Much?

How Much Calcium is Too Much? – A recent study of over 23,000 Swedish men who did not take calcium supplements, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, showed that by eating 2000 mgs of calcium from food sources, reduced their risk of dying from any cause by 25 percent, in comparison to a group that ate 1000 mgs. Their risk of dying for coronary heart disease was reduced by 23 percent compared to the group that ate half the amount of calcium.
Dietary calcium is more readily absorbed than calcium pills. I guess the challenge is finding a calcium supplement that is not like dirt and is in an ionic form that the body can readily use.
Research has found that taking too much calcium, in the form of supplements- pills or liquids may actually be harmful for the body. Studies show that taking more than 3000 mg per day has been shown to elevate levels of calcium in the blood, causing a condition called hypercalcemia. This condition causes the body to deposit the excess calcium outslde your bones into your soft tissues. This can create stiffness and pain in your body and your joints-not a pleasant situation to deal with.
A book called The Calcium Lie, written by Dr. Robert Thompson MD, talks about the challenges of taking too much calcium. Dr. Thompson is a firm believer in using less toxic alternatives to toxic pharmaceuticals but he states in his book that he realizes the nutrition industry has its own set of challenges and flaws, the primary one being public education. He believes that a tremendous amount of money has been wasted on unnecessary supplementation or on supplements that have little or no benefits to health. In some case, he says supplements can actually make your health worse.
In his book, Dr. Thompson says that at least a dozen minerals make up bone composition. By focusing on replacing lost calcium you can actually make your bone density worse. This spells osteoporosis in capital letters!
If people think they can just take lots and lots of calcium they will quickly fix their bones. Dr. Thompson says this is wrong. By over doing the calcium, you are upsetting your optimum mineral balance, create other mineral deficiencies and create health conditions that are created by the body dumping the excess calcium wherever it can-osteoarthritis, kidney stones, heart disease, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes and even obesity.
The best minerals according to Dr. Thompson, the ones that are the best alternative to food sources are the ionic minerals. They are the most plentiful on earth and the most compatible with the body. Because our agricultural soil is so depleted of minerals, we could use an ionic trace mineral supplement. Another good dietary addition to the diet is unprocessed salt such as Himalayan salt, an excellent source of ionic trace minerals.
Whole food sources of ionic minerals are your best strategy for health. By taking a variety of minerals and trace minerals you are also getting important magnesium which should be taken in quantities to match the amount of calcium in your diet. All or the minerals that comprise our bodies need to be replenished from healthy and absorbable sources. By making sure your diet is healthy and varied you will keep your body healthy and strong well into your senior years.