Calcium supplements proven to be a death sentence

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Dangers of Calcium Supplements(NaturalHealth365) For years we have been taught that calcium was the great solution to weakened bones. Pre and post-menopausal women are told to take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis. But, new research has shown that the theory of calcium supplementation to improve bone health is a myth.

Calcium is the cornerstone mineral in bones. However, calcium consumption does not build bones. To illustrate this point, countries with the highest dietary calcium consumption (US, Canada and Scandinavian countries) have the highest rates of osteoporosis.

Calcium supplements increase the risk of heart disease

A recent meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal showed that calcium supplementation actually increased the risk of heart attacks. This study and others have looked at individuals taking calcium supplements in isolation without other key nutrients that play a role in calcium homeostasis.

New research has shown that very little dietary calcium actually makes it into bones. Experts estimate that it is around 1-2% at best. Many forms of calcium such as coral calcium, oyster shell calcium, calcium citrate and calcium carbonate are not metabolized well in the body.

To repeat an important point – these forms of calcium are not well tolerated and form small rocks that get deposited in the soft tissue structures of the body.

Extra calcium houses pathogenic organisms

Nanobacteria use the little calcium blocks to form hard shells of calcium phosphate as protection against the body’s immune system. This is similar to a snail using a shell as a form of armor from predators. This encapsulation provides a hiding spot for pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites.

As a result, this promotes a continual inflammatory process in the area around the calcium shell creating plaque formation.

Proper calcium mineralization depends upon vitamin D3 and vitamin K2

These nutrients stimulate the activity of the osteoblastic protein osteocalcin. Osteocalcin acts to strongly absorb and selectively place calcium from the bloodstream into the bone matrix. This acts like a vacuum, creating a very strong pull that sucks the excess calcium stones out of the bloodstream and possibly out of mineralized plaques.

Osteocalcin only becomes active when adequate levels of vitamin K2 are present. Vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 also act to inhibit osteoclasts which act to break down bone. Most individuals are both deficient in D3 and K2. This creates an environment of poor calcium metabolism that leads to weakened bones and calcium deposition in soft tissues.

The key to healthy bones

The bones also need a good mix of essential minerals and fatty acids for healthy bone function. This includes plant-derived magnesium and silica as well as animal forms of saturated fat and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

The best forms of silica come from cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, horsetail, nettles, oat straw and alfalfa. Magnesium comes from many different sources including nuts, seeds, legumes and green vegetables. The best source of magnesium is raw, organic cacao and high quality dark chocolate.

Don’t forget the ‘pink’ salt. Another powerful form of essential minerals is found in pink salts including Himalayan Sea Salt. These salts provide ideal mineral ratios for optimal absorption and usage in the body. Sea vegetables such as kelp, dulse and other forms of seaweed and sea algae like chlorella are also fantastic sources of bone-building nutrients.

What are the best food sources for calcium?

The best forms of calcium and bone building nutrients come from leafy green vegetables and fermented, raw milk products from 100% green fed cows and goats. High-heat, pasteurized forms of milk and grain-fed animals provide inflammatory fatty acids and other metabolites that promote calcium mineralization into arterioles.

Small amounts of raw cheese and fermented drinks such as amasai from 100% green-fed animals provide the perfect ratio of vitamin D3, K2, calcium, magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and saturated fat. Raw cheese is perhaps the best bone building, cardio-protective food one could consume.

Editor’s note: For more information about the dangers of too much calcium within the body – I recommend a very informative book, Death By Calcium by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD. Dr. Levy is a featured writer for NaturalHealth365.com and most of his articles can be found under the category – vitamin C benefits.

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About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.

References:
http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c3691.full
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/26/the-delicate-dance-between-vitamins-d-and-k.aspx
Rheaume-Bleue, Katie. Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life. 2012.

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  • Canada and Scandinavian countries also get very little sunshine so people would be likely to be vitamin D deficient also. This could be a contributing factor to bone loss.

    • julie

      Interesting fact, Deane, I wonder if this has been considered?

  • mary

    so does that mean we should not take Calcium supplements

    • Jan Shelton

      This is news to me! I have been doing a High Quality Coral Calcium. My bones are much stronger and my P.H. is much better. Who do you believe?

  • boogsy

    I have been taking Coral Calcium for 11 years now , and guess what I have never been sick at all no flu no cold . For the frist 6 yrs it was the only supp I was taking. If you balance your P.H Levels ,you will not get sick .My blood work was so good there took a picture of it and use it for a good example .

  • Charles_Foxtrot

    Natto (Fermented soybeans) is the best way to get dietary K2.

  • Angela

    Pink salt? So-called Pink Himalayan salt is not the preferred source of the trace minerals required for bone health. The “Pink” is simply oxidized iron which should be avoided by many males because it can exacerbate oxidative stress. Also there is a controversy of the variety of trace minerals available in Himalayan salts from its many sources – some chemical analyses claim that it is very limited and that it is a highly overhyped product.
    Stick to the original Celtic Sea Salt because it is well proven to contain over 70 elements of the Periodic Table.

  • always a seeker

    Calcium supplements by themselves need to be avoided as they only end up in joints, arteries and tissues. In order for calcium to reach the bone it needs the synergistic effects of Vit K2 and D3. Vitamin K2 takes the calcium out of places it shouldn’t be in and transports it to the bone. That’s why raw cheese is best……it has all the supportive nutrients plus the minerals to provide all we need.

  • Wendy Bays

    I am curious as to why I never see mention of strontium for building bones. I have (had) severe osteoporosis, according to bone scans over the years. I was taking the doc’s cheaper drug, Didrical, as well as cal-mag for a few years and my bone scans just kept getting worse. So, I stopped both the drug and cal-mag and started with strontium (the bone building kind, not the radioactive one) as well as K2 and D3 and some magnesium. My bone scans show results better than my very first scan about ten years ago! I have attributed this bone building to strontium and K2 and D3. My doc says she would still recommend the drugs. I have to laugh!

    • G Clay

      I’m curious why would you keep going to that quack?

      • Wendy Bays

        G Clay, docs are hard to enlist with around here. I basically tell her what I want done anyway. Do you know something about strontium?