If you are taking calcium supplements, new research shows that you are at a 30% greater risk have a heart attack, which applies specifically to people who take 500 milligrams of calcium or more per day. Once in your system, these calcium supplements convert into “little rocks” that are deposited in soft tissues and arteries, thus increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Many take calcium supplements to deal with osteoporosis; however, the problem is that this can cause an increase of cardiovascular calcification, arrhythmias, and heart muscle cramping as well as destabilized plaque and subsequent occlusion.
According to the study, which was reported on by Green Med Info: “Calcium supplements… increase the risk of cardiovascular events, especially myocardial infarction… A reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management is warranted.”
You may have noticed that often calcium is added to baby formulas, orange juice, and even boxed breakfast cereals. The theory is that calcium will build strong bones and teeth. However, further research shows that calcium supplementation is not providing the desired benefits but instead is posing a risk.
The Problem With Calcium Supplements
In 2010 meta-analysis showed calcium supplements are associated with increased risk for heart attack. And it was revealed in a study carried out in 2001 that men who consumed more than 600mg calcium a day from dairy products showed a 32 percent higher risk of prostate cancer than men consuming less than 150mg per day. Each additional increase of 500mg calcium from dairy was associated with another 16 percent increase in prostate cancer risk (Physicians’ Health Study, Amer J Clin Nutri 2001).
The problem with artificial calcium supplements is that it leaves calcium deposits in the body. Calcium deposits are significant contributors and even causative factors for many conditions, including:
- Cellulite and scar tissue
- Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
- Dental plaque and gum disease
- Obesity and diabetes
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Breast cancer and cysts (fibrocystic breasts)
- Gallstones, colon cancer, and Crohn’s disease
- Kidney stones
- Ovarian cysts
- Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration
- Bone spurs, stiff joints, osteoarthritis, tendonitis and bone cancer
Women who enter the premenopausal period need proper hormonal balancing to direct their body to deposit calcium into their bones. When hormones fall out of balance, this signaling causes calcium to slowly exit your bones and become deposited in your arteries instead. No wonder there is an increased risk of heart disease with onset menopause.
The Budwig Food Program Provides The Right Kind Of Calcium
When treating her cancer patients, Dr. Budwig warned against artificial vitamin and mineral supplements. Once again, we see that Dr. Johanna Budwig was ahead of her time as she encouraged her patients to obtain proper minerals and vitamins from food, especially from plant sources. The famous flaxseed oil and cottage cheese (or German quark) mixture of Dr. Budwig provides a good source of protein from the dairy. Also, she encouraged everyone and especially for cancer patients to eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits, which are rich in natural calcium. A better source of natural calcium is also pure, unprocessed Himalayan salt, which contains 84 elements the body needs.
Magnesium removes calcium from the body. So, if you are suffering from calcium deposits or concerned about possible calcium deposits, increase your intake of natural magnesium and silica. Good sources of silica and magnesium are spinach, some beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and whole, unrefined grains, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and various herbs, including horsetail, nettles, oat straw, alfalfa, and raw cacao.
We also recommend that you sunbath as much as possible; 10 minutes on the front and 10 minutes on your back to increase your intake of vitamin D. Dr. Budwig had all her cancer patients sunbathe regularly. High-quality Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to protect your health, especially your heart. Once again, the flaxseed oil is one of the richest natural sources of Omega 3. Also, krill oil is another excellent source.
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