Is Calcium Supplementation Good, or Bad?
Calcium is a mineral that our bodies need to form strong bones. Most people are told to drink lots of milk in order to get the amount of calcium needed to maintain these bones. But is it the best source of calcium? And is it the only nutrient needed for strong bones? Some progressive health professionals believe that it’s not, and that too much dairy consumption can actually leach calcium from our bodies. This is the opposite of what we want. There are other foods that are high in calcium such as leafy greens like kale and spinach, sardines, molasses, white beans, almonds and other nuts. But these are often lacking in people’s diets. 1). So, is too much calcium circulating in our bodies a good thing? The obvious answer would be no, but there is more to it. Calcium needs co-factors in order to be properly utilized in the body. If there is too much calcium in the body and not enough Vitamin K2, Vitamin D and Magnesium then the calcium will not be deposited into the bones where it is needed, and will be deposited into other tissues like the heart.Some people may be able to adequately consume enough non-dairy sources of calcium from the food they eat. But many of these foods have likely been grown in soils that are severely depleted of nutrients due to poor farming practices that strip the land of essential nutrients and beneficial bacteria. Another piece of the puzzle is that some people are actually put on medications called calcium channel blockers to block the calcium in their blood from reaching their tissues, more specifically their heart tissue. These medications are used to help the heart tissue relax and dilate to allow more blood to flow through, improving heart function artificially (