If you are taking Calcium, unless you are taking Calcium with Magnesium, vitamin d and even Vitamin K, then the calcium might not only be worthless, but might actually be dangerous to your health.
For some reason, people believe that they should be taking large amounts of calcium and 'any' amount of Magnesium and Vitamin D as a complete afterthought, and most don't even consider Vitamin K Supplements. But it's really the CALCIUM that should be an afterthought while the magnesium, vitamin d, and Vitamin K should be taking center stage. But that almost never happens in any calcium preparations that bill themselves as being 'good for bones'.
Taking calcium with magnesium, vitamin K, and vitamin D is IMPERATIVE if you actually want to absorb the calcium that you take. Magnesium and Vitamin D work together in order to absorb calcium in the intestines and Vitamin K regulates where the calcium goes.
Calcium, just like it is in your bones, prefers to be in crystal form. But in your blood, this can cause severe problems such as Kidney Stones and even kidney failure. But magnesium keeps calcium in 'solution' in the blood. Calcium in crystal form just simply can't be absorbed through your intestinal tract easily, but adding plenty of magnesium makes sure that your calcium STAYS in 'liquid' form in your blood.
Next, vitamin D is put up to the task of getting the calcium absorbed by the intestines. You can take all of the calcium that you want, but almost none of it will get absorbed if you don't have sufficient vitamin d. Sufficient Vitamin D Levels can increase your absorption of calcium by 5 times! That means that you can take 1/5 the amount of calcium and still ABSORB the same amount. That's why it's not the CALCIUM that's important, but the calcium with magnesium, and vitamin D. Additionally, Blood Calcium Levels do not help in determining if you need more calcium.
For the vast majority of people, taking calcium in supplements is unnecessary. Westerners get the MOST amount of calcium in their diets and have the HIGHEST rate of osteoporosis! Please understand this concept because it shatters the myth of 'Calcium for Your Bones'.
Countries that get little calcium in their diets, such as the Peruvians and Japanese, have almost no osteoporosis! They also have little heart disease- and this is no coincidence. Recent studies have shown that calcium supplementation in women is a risk factor for a higher incidence of heart disease.
"Myocardial infarction was more commonly reported
in the calcium group than in the placebo group...
The composite end point of myocardial infarction, stroke,
or sudden death was also more common in the calcium group."
Vascular events in healthy older women receiving
calcium supplementation: randomised controlled trial
But women in western countries get lots of calcium, yet get lots of osteoporosis and heart disease. The Japanese and Peruvians get little calcium and yet have almost no osteoporosis or heart disease! So why ARE you taking calcium again? Are you sure that you should be?
The secret to other countries low rate of osteoporosis is NOT calcium- but Vitamin K, Magnesium and Vitamin D intakes. They also don't eat processed foods and sodas, or take Prescription Antacids that cause Magnesium Depletion, which leads to bone loss. While the powers-that-be would like you to believe that nutrition has little to do with bone health, Dr. Weston A. Price's seminal work 'Nutrition and Physical Degeneration' blows this theory out of the water.
Nutrition and lifestyle have EVERYTHING to do with bone health, and if you want to keep your bones strong for life, avoiding processed foods COMPLETELY in any form, eating ONLY whole real foods that are actually foods, and getting plenty of exercise and sunshine is the way to do it. But if you feel that you MUST take calcium, take Calcium with Magnesium like the kind found in Jigsaw Health's Magnesium-Calcium Plus 2:1 Ratio, but an even better choice is the Vitamin D Absorption Pack that contains the right amount of the nutrients you need for proper absorption of the nutrients you need to build bone.
So how much magnesium should you take? Keep reading to find out the optimal dosage of magnesium for YOU…
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