Yet with all the calcium available, many people are still calcium deficient. People are just not getting enough calcium from good food sources like cheese, yogurt and spinach. This has an added concern for pregnant and nursing Moms who need calcium for the health and well being of their growing child.
There are many news stories about the consequences of not getting enough calcium. Too many cases of people with brittle and porous bones have prompted the medical establishment to “get the message out” for everyone to start eating more calcium to avoid developing osteoporosis.
On the Other Hand…
WARNING! Don’t take too much calcium either!
Taking too much calcium has it’s own set of health consequences. There could be the possibility of developing kidney stones. Excessive calcium intake can also also lead to a condition called hypercalcemia, which causes elevated calcium levels in your blood.
The latest news is about a study showing that taking extra calcium over and above the recommended levels will not lessen your risk of getting fractures or osteoporosis. Please check with your doctor if you do plan to exceed these levels.
I found an interesting video on YouTube you may like to watch called “The Calcium Lie“. This may shed a little more light on some controversies about calcium.
…anyways…The calcium RDA (recommended daily allowance) all depends on who you are and what your circumstances are. Most adults should be getting about 1000 milligrams per day, and another 200 mg. if you’re over 51. However, there may be circumstances where you may need to take more, in which case you should speak with your doctor.
If you are pregnant and at least 19 years of age, you should be take the recommended 1000 mg. and 1300 milligrams per day if you are between 14 and 18 years of age.
What ever you do, do not go above 2000 mg per day. For a more detailed list and more info you can also go to:
New Warning – Just one more reason to get your vitamins from foods than from supplements if at all possible. Unlike natural food sources of calcium, calcium supplements may actually be detrimental to your health. Before you continue reading watch this video……….
If phosphorus levels in your blood are low at the same time that your calcium levels are high, you run of risk of the soft tissues within your body becoming calcified. Phosphorus is used in conjunction with calcium to form a compound used to help in the structure of your bones. In light of these risks the National Academy of Sciences established a guideline to tolerable upper intake levels of calcium.
As I was visiting the Doctor Oz website, I came across this article by Dr. Debra Fulghum Bruce who discusses the best way to take calcium supplements effectively. Hope you find it useful.