Calcium Supplements Boost Heart Attack Risk? 

Should you be taking a calcium supplement?

Calcium Supplements and your health

In August 2010,  a report that evaluated use of calcium supplements without vitamin D showed a slight increase in the risk of heart attack symptoms for persons who took more than 500 mg/day of calcium in supplemental form.

You’re probably thinking, “now wait a second, I thought I’m supposed to take calcium for strong bones right?” 

As many readers of this blog may have heard me say, bone density, and prevention of osteoporosis is not a calcium deficiency. 

Your bone mass depends on your intake and ability to process protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Any compromise in you body’s processing of any of these three basic food groups will result in bone loss. 

For years, nutritionists have advised that you take this or that supplement as if everybody ate the same foods and processed their foods in the same manner.

Your medical doctor may have also advised you to take a particular supplement. 

The problem about this kind of general advice is that it’s not about you and your body. Most general prescriptions for supplements are worthless, and may cause harm if your body does not need the supplement. 

Most supplements are isolated nutrients without any of the co-nutrients and cofactors that appear naturally in foods.  These co-factors work together in synergy to give us what we need. That’s why its important to eat real food as close to the way mother nature made it.

Bone is made up of more than calcium. Bone is a complex protein matrix or lattice that minerals are deposited on. Calcium is only one of many different minerals in bone. Our bones also require vitamin D and K for proper growth.

If you have compromised protein digestion, your body will not be able to maintain the protein lattice that makes up the backbone of bone. And because proteins in the blood transport calcium to your tissues and bones any compromise in protein digestion or intake will contribute to bone loss.

If you cannot utilize the fat that is in your diet, calcium combines with fat and becomes a soap that is excreted in your feces. You may recall that soap was made from animal or vegetable fat in the old days. You will also develop fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin D, and K deficiency when you cannot digest or utilize fat.

If your body is too acidic from eating too much protein or too much sugar, your minerals will be used to buffer the acid so it does not damage your tissues and you may develop osteoporosis.

If you are taking antacids, your bones are in serious trouble, because antacids prevent absorption of all the minerals that make up bone, as well as impairing your protein digestion?

The best way to know if you need calcium and other bone building minerals and vitamins is to do the 24 hour urine test that we perform as part of our digestive evaluation. Don’t guess with your health and make a costly mistake.

Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many patients as possible. If you see the benefit, please forward to a friend.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS uses a functional approach to solving your bowel and digestive problems. He can be reached at the Digestion Relief Center, in Chico California and by telephone at 530-899-8741.

Digestion Relief Center 

2639 Forest Avenue, Suite 120 Chico, CA 95928


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