IS MY CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT GOING TO GIVE ME A HEART ATTACK??
It’s always funny the poor research that mainstream media picks up and the good stuff they don’t.
Here are a few things to consider. First, I usually don’t recommend calcium supplementation until someone becomes osteoporotic. At this point it becomes much, much more important to take calcium in order to protect the bones than worry about any additional increased risk to the heart.
Second, reading into the study, it appears that those with a higher dietary intake of calcium were at risk (my interpretation….more dairy intake), while those with lower levels of dietary intake were NOT affected by the calcium supplementation.
Further, we always have to look at the “how.” In this particular case, giving calcium without magnesium in a 2:1 ratio can cause a relative magnesium deficiency, which is NOT good for the heart….The higher quality calcium supplements all include magnesium.