I will never forget the first time I heard a client tell me they were sourcing their daily calcium from Tums.
Hello!? Tums is an antacid for heartburn!!
I then found out that chewable calcium is actually a way to neutralize stomach acid.
I didn't know that.
The problem with Tums is it markets itself as an antacid with a bit of a calcium supplement on the side. It touts itself as an antacid and then says multi-vitamins don't have enough calcium in them so use this antacid as an inexpensive way to get your calcium too. Talk about ploy.
Here's the deal:
If you have heartburn you have a digestive issue - not a calcium deficiency.
Multi-vitamins don't have enough calcium in them simply because it's too bulky of a mineral to tablet. If multi-vitamins put enough calcium into their products they would be horse pills compressed so tight they would not dissolve.
( Which just so you know that's alot of what's on the market out there now!)
Tums in addition to having only one source of calcium, is also loaded with sucrose ( first ingredient on the label), has talc in it - some sources of which are carcinagenic. Tums have artificial flavors, way too many food dyes, sorbitol and aspartame.
I have no idea how many folks actually take Tums as their source of calcium but we are a nation with a very high percentage of Osteoporosis.
I'd say the Tums isn't helping.
In addition if I wanted to take calcium I'd prefer to take it without the sugars, chemicals, talc and food dyes -- thank you very much.