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Why You Shouldn’t Take Calcium Supplements?

Calcium is the primary ingredient for building strong bones. With age, women face a high risk of calcium deficiency and osteoporosis. Thus, for better women’s health, they might require calcium supplements from their late twenties onwards. 

Calcium supplements can help in improving bone health. However, the effects of calcium supplements are not entirely positive. While they have many benefits, they also come with a massive list of side effects. So, you should be aware of these side effects to determine whether calcium supplements are for you.

Read on to know more.

Benefits and Uses of Calcium

  • Calcium is required for strong bones and bone health and the proper functioning of the heart, muscles, and even nerves. 
  • Some studies have also suggested that Calcium and Vitamin D work together to protect the body against diabetes and high blood pressure, maybe even cancer. These are not definitive studies, and further evidence is required to establish these claims.
  • Calcium improves the regenerative capacity of the skin, helps avoid fat accumulation, and eases PMS symptoms. The daily requirement for women aged 19 to 50 is around 1000 milligrams. For older women, the daily requirement is approximately 1200 milligrams per day.

Side effects of Calcium supplements

While calcium supplements can ensure good bone health, they can have many side effects. Some of them are listed below:

  • Taking calcium supplements can often cause a situation where the body has more calcium than it can process. The body is unable to process more than 500 mg of calcium in one go. Excess of calcium can lead to excessive clotting. 
  • Excessive calcium can also be deposited along the walls of arteries. Both this and excessive clots increase the risk of heart attacks.
  • Excess calcium can move into the fatty plaques of arteries and cause them to harden. The hardening of these plaques causes heart attacks.

This usually happens because of improper absorption and deposition of calcium on bones. 

Thus, the presence of Vitamin D3 is necessary for the absorption of Calcium as it regulates bone resorption in a human body.

Who should refrain from calcium supplements?

  1. Calcium is possibly unsafe when taken above the daily tolerable limit in pregnant women. 
  2. Children should be administered only the amount that is recommended for them. 
  3. People with low levels of gastric acid in the stomach should always take calcium supplements with meals. 
  4. People suffering from poor kidney function should avoid having too much calcium, as their blood will get saturated with calcium easier. 

Choose the right supplement

If your health conditions require you to take calcium supplements, you must find good quality supplements. Calcium carbonate and citrate supplements can sometimes contain oyster shells, dolomite, etc., which can have toxins like lead and may be fatal. 

Just taking a calcium supplement is not enough. The key is absorption. Plant-based calcium supplements support 3x calcium absorption. The supplements should also have Vitamin D3 as it ensures that the calcium be absorbed and deposited on the bones.  So, opt for a proper diet and OZiva’s clean, plant-based nutrition, Bettr.CalD3+ to ensure better bone health, stronger joints and muscle. It supports bone formation and preserves bone structure and function. It promotes better Calcium absorption and hormones that maintain Calcium level. Other than that, it relieves joint pain, reduces inflammation and promotes the healing process.

Right food along with appropriate exercise complements clean living as they boost your body’s ability to prevent diseases which is important for your overall health.

You can also refer to the link below and watch more informative video on OZiva TV, where we have our nutrition expert talking about the benefits of OZiva Bettr.CalD3+ in detail.