(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.
Rheaume-Bleue, Katie. Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life. 2012.
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