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Increase Your Calcium Intake and Possibly Live Longer

Men who consume nearly double the recommended daily intake of calcium may significantly decrease their risk of dying from heart disease and cancer according to a recent study.

The study was conducted by Swedish researchers and published in the February 2010 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

For the study, the researchers recruited 23, 366 men between 45 and 79 years of age. None of the men used dietary supplements.

The researchers followed the participants for nearly ten years from 1998-2007, during which time 2,358 deaths occurred. 819 of those deaths (32%) were related to cardiovascular disease and 738 (29%) were from cancer.

When the researchers compared the participants with the highest average intake of calcium (nearly double the recommended 1000 mg daily) to those with the lowest average intakes they found a 25% reduction in the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer.

Previous research has linked calcium intake with lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of hypertension.

The researchers warned however that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing; consuming too much calcium can impair kidney function and negatively affect absorption of other minerals.

These negative affects only occur when you consume more than 2,500 mg of calcium daily, which rarely occurs from dietary or supplemental calcium intakes.

Calcium has been shown to aid bone health, help with weight loss, skin health, and reducing the risk of ccolorectal cancer and stroke.

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