Study Counters Claim That Calcium Increases Risk For Coronary Heart Disease
Calcium is often recommended for better bone health, especially for people at risk of developing osteoporosis. However there have been a few studies over the past year that suggested that calcium supplementation could cause plaque build up in the heart. A recent analysis of multiple studies found that calcium does not contribute to coronary heart disease or increase all-cause mortality risk.
For their study, researchers examined data from 18 clinical trials that included 63,563 participants, 3,390 coronary heart disease (CHD) events, and 4,157 deaths. Of those trials, five found that calcium supplementation did not increase the risk of CHD and 17 found no association between calcium intake and all-cause mortality.
Finally, no significant associations were found between calcium supplementation and heart attack risk, angina, or chronic CHD.
Researchers from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Unit in Perth, Australia conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on December 26, 2014, in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
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 stroke. Some studies have even suggested that calcium intake is associated with increased longevity.
Calcium absorption decreases as we age, so it is especially important to make sure you are getting enough. Try adding more dairy products or start taking a high quality supplement if you’re trying to increase your calcium intake.