In this article, we’re going to discuss some fact about calcium. It has been believed that it is extremely necessary for healthy bones. But, now a recent research managed to prove that what we actually need if we want to develop healthy bones during the period of our childhood is magnesium and not calcium!
Take a Second Peek At Calcium Claims
Calcium has been claimed to be one of the most necessary minerals against weak bones. People take calcium supplements in order to do everything they can, but are these supplements effective or not?
According to a study from 2004, people who have too much calcium in their own coronary artery and intake statins, have a 17 times increased risk of heart attacks than people who have very low levels of calcium. The most important things that could indicate the presence of a heart attack were calcium build-up and LDL levels.
According to a study from 2007, the effects of calcium dietary sources were better than the effects of calcium taken from supplements especially in postmenopausal women.
A study from 2008 managed to discover that heart attacks present in women who went through a period of menopause were connected to calcium supplements.
An analysis from 2010 managed to prove that calcium supplements that were given without vitamin D are connected to an increased risk of a heart attack.
Numerous doctors and researchers prove that food contains the best source of calcium. If you intake enough foods with calcium, you won’t need supplements. You may still need to take a vitamin D supplement. If you intake too much calcium supplements, you’ll increase the risk of health problems and mostly kidney stones.
Researchers claim that calcium supplements have been used by the public and recommended by the doctors for their possibility to prevent osteoporotic fractures, but recent researches claim that the effect of supplements isn’t the same at all like the effect of calcium taken through food.
The calcium that we buy today is full of calcium carbonate that isn’t very good. Manufacturers also add citric acid in it so that it can be more absorbable. The best well-known form to have effective calcium that will penetrate the membranes of cells in an effective way is called calcium orotate.
People are also certain that by eating and drinking more dairy products, they’ll manage to increase their levels of calcium. This isn’t true at all, because the process creates only calcium carbonate that can’t enter the cells without having a chelating agent. At this moment, our body removes calcium from tissues and bones so that it can send it to our blood. This is what causes the appearance of osteoporosis. If milk is pasteurized, it isn’t good at all.
Magnesium and Increasing Awareness
A recent research claims that what we need during childhood is a healthy intake of magnesium. That’s the right thing when it comes to real bone density as well as bone mineral content. The calcium intake through foods wasn’t connected to these. T
It hasn’t been researched until now and it was never connected to the importance for our bones, but dietary magnesium really is very important.
Children need numerous nutrients and minerals in order to have healthy bones, but magnesium seems to be the greatest. Calcium is also very important, but it’s more important in those children as well as adolescents who have very low intake of calcium.
As usually, the parents are the one that are being told about the importance of calcium. Still, the importance of magnesium hasn’t been present that much.
The increased intake of magnesium has been connected to an increased mineral density (BMD) in both men and women. For every increase of at least 100 mg of magnesium almost every day, there is an increase of at least 2% of whole-body BMD.
With age, one of the most common problems in people are osteoporotic fractures. If we only try to make some small improvements in the BMD, we may achieve something and have a great public health effect.
Magnesium has always been studied less than calcium about its importance for our bones.
Supplementing With Magnesium
Until now, most people know that the ratio of calcium to magnesium in diets was 1:1. Still, it is known that nowadays, the diets are richer in calcium than in magnesium in even 10 times.
Magnesium can be seen as chelated magnesium, magnesium oxide or chloride. The capsules that are sold contain 250-500 mg of magnesium. There are also supplements with calcium and magnesium.
Take the magnesium in different parts of the day, before or after your meals. Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate so you can prepare warm baths more often than usually. It will be absorbed through your skin quickly.
1% of the magnesium in our body is in our blood. If the level starts to decrease, our body will take it from different tissues and bones. If you perform a blood analysis, it will show you that your levels of magnesium are normal, even if you already experience a deficiency.
As we mentioned it previously, the best sources of magnesium are in the food like cacao, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. Make sure you use them as much as you can!