Extra calcium does not benefit bones


Researchers advise people not to increase their calcium intake just to prevent osteoporosis in the future. The actual amount is close to 700mg per day, and is recommended for people who wish to have healthy bones when they reach old age. All the yogurt commercials are actually right. Those who want to get the daily necessary amount of calcium can either eat 100grams yogurt or the same amount of cheese. Natural products are by far the best way to ensure a proper calcium intake. It will strengthen the organs and the immune system at the same time, not to mention the bones for the long term.

Researchers from Sweden made a study on 60,000 women who had their health status recorded for 19 years. 24% of them suffered a fracture and one in five did get osteoporosis. All these women consumed an average of 750mg of calcium each day and osteoporosis was not kept at bay. The results even revealed that those who took over 1,000 mg of calcium per day risked developing the bone condition even more.
The British Medical Journal says:

The highest quintile of calcium intake did not further reduce the risk of fractures of any type, or of osteoporosis.

These results are very important as many people try to exceed the normal amount of calcium just to be sure that they don’t get to handle the diseases which come with old age. Studies confirmed the fact women still get osteoporosis in their 50s even though their calcium intake was flawless, from natural resources, and respected every medical advice. Each one’s body is different and acts differently over the course of decades. Not even doctors can tell for sure if a person may or may not develop osteoporosis. Prevention can be done by practicing sports rather than pharmaceuticals, which all doctors seem to agree.

There is also a difference when it comes to population. In the United Kingdom, the daily and recommended amount of calcium for women of 50 or more is 700mg. In Scandinavia (Sweden) for example, the dose is 800 mg, while in the United States the figure goes up to 1,200 mg.
Each dosage needs to be approved by a specialist as intake levels differ and the body assimilates the calcium in its own particular way.


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