HOUSTON, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — As children we’re taught that our bodies need calcium to grow tall and healthy. As adults, we learn that calcium helps keep our bones strong and our minds sharp. By the time we reach our golden years, most of us will be taking dietary calcium supplements and consuming plenty of calcium foods under doctor’s recommendation. The problem is some popular forms of calcium may actually cause the body more harm than good.
“People have a false sense of security when it comes to vitamins and minerals, especially calcium supplements,” says Dr. Edward Group III, DC, ND a leading authority on alternative and complementary medicine. “They assume that simply because calcium supplements have made it onto store shelves, that they’re effective and safe.”
The bulk of calcium supplements found in stores are made from either calcium carbonate or calcium citrate. Both of which are difficult for the body to utilize, and carry side effects with excessive use.
Besides dietary supplements, calcium carbonate is commonly found in chalk, antacids, masonry, and commercially manufactured paper. It has also been associated with increased risk of heart attack, especially in older women. Calcium citrate, also common in over-the-counter supplements, carries similar risks and is known to be toxic in larger doses.
“Calcium orotate is by far the most bio-available and safest form of the mineral,” says Dr. Group. “Unlike other forms, calcium orotate is completely non-toxic and able to penetrate deep into the cells, bones, cartilage and other tissues.” He also points out that quality calcium supplements also usually contain other minerals that help the body absorb and make use of calcium.
“We’re not just talking about vitamin D here either,” expands Dr. Group, “Magnesium, specifically the orotate form, is a good one to keep an eye out for. It’s usually the sign of a top-shelf calcium supplement and the only one I would recommend for healthy living.”
When it comes to taking a calcium supplement, you should always take a close look at what kind of calcium is listed on the label. There are many differences in the various types of calcium, so what you may be taking, may not be giving you the benefits you desire.
SOURCE Dr. Group