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Calcium Alone Won't do a Thing for Reducing Hip Fractures

Posted Jul 03 2008 4:12pm
I have to say that it came as absolutely no surprise to me when the USDA's Agricultural News Service released a new study showing that calcium alone doesn't do a thing to protect against bone fractures. I've been saying for years that the calcium recommendations for Americans completely miss the point, which is that it's calciumbalance- how much goes in vs. how much goes out- that's important, not the absolute amount of calcium you ingest.

The findings of the ANS also don't surprise me for a second reason: Calcium alone is pretty ineffective as a supplement. Calcium only works its magic when it's combined with synergistic minerals and vitamins that help it get into the bone where you want it to be.

Bess Dawson-Hughes, director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, Mass and her research team looked at calcium intake studies that had been published between January 1960 and December 2006. The studies overall included over 177,000 women and over 68,000 men.

The results? Calcium intake byitself"is not appreciably associated with hip fracture risk in men or women".

Does that mean you shouldn't take calcium? Not at all. But make sure you're taking a well-designed bone support formula (likeOsteo Sheath,OsteoPrime Forte, orCal-6-Magall of which contain synergistic nutrients needed to produce a result- nutrients like magnesium, manganese, boron, silica, and especially vitamin D. Without at the very least magnesium and vitamin D, you’re not going to get the potential benefit of calcium.

Weight bearing exercise is one of the best bone strengtheners on the planet, and will do way more for you than taking 1500 mg of calcium or drinking three glasses a day of milk. And remember, it's about calciumbalance- you need to pay attention to the "deficit" side of the equation, meaning the items in your diet that rob your body of calcium- like sugar, for example, or the phosphoric acid in sodas.

It's also worth pointing out that dairy isn't necessary for preventing osteoporosis. The countries with the highest dairy consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporosis.
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