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Experts Say Calcium Supplements Do Not Increase Cardiovascular Risk

A panel of experts has examined the available scientific literature and concluded that calcium supplements do not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Their findings refute a previous study that suggested a possible link between the two.

In addition, the experts found reinforced evidence of the benefits of calcium for bone health. They recommend that doctors continue to suggest calcium supplementation to their patients in order to maintain bone health.

The expert panel was composed of academic and industry experts in the fields of nutrition, cardiology, epidemiology, bone health and integrative medicine. They examined randomized controlled trials results and observational data to determine if taking calcium supplements over a long period of time could increase the risk of strokes, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular issues.

The experts on this panel included researchers from Creighton University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Provident-Biofortis, and the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Their findings were published in the online November 2012 issue of Advances in Nutrition.

Calcium is best known for its effect on bone health, but previous studies suggest it can also help with weight loss, skin health, and reducing the risk of colorectal cancer and stroke. Some studies have even suggested that calcium intake is associated with longevity.

Calcium absorption decreases as we age, so it is especially important to make sure you are getting enough of it. Try adding more dairy products or start taking a high quality supplement if you’re trying to up your calcium intake.

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