Calcium supplements may damage the heart, says Johns Hopkins, but not calcium in food

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Taking calcium in the form of supplements may raise the risk of plaque buildup in arteries and heart damage, although a diet high in calcium-rich foods appears be protective says a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins.

This research is correlative, using medical records of nearly 3000 people over a ten year period – not direct cause and effect, but it clearly shows a relationship.

“When it comes to using vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly calcium supplements being taken for bone health, many Americans think that more is always better,” says Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S., associate director of preventive cardiology and associate professor of medicine at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “But our study adds to the body of evidence that excess calcium in the form of supplements may harm the heart and vascular system.”

We are happy to have our work confirmed by such a prestigious institution.

 

 

 

 

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