Studies continue to report inorganic calcium supplements cause kidney stones and heart disease. Dr. Mark Bolland published a 2015 paper, “Calcium Intake and Risk of Fracture: Systematic Review” concluded intake of calcium does not reduce bone fractures but caused kidney stones, acute gastrointestinal events, and increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. Another 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Ophthalmology, associated calcium supplementation with increased prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Calcification in the soft tissue of the macula of their eyes could be the root cause of AMD.
A third JAMA study published in October 2016 found that calcium supplements make people more prone to plaque buildup in arteries which contribute to the risk of heart attack. Researchers recommended that people get their calcium from foods like leafy green vegetables. The scientists reported that calcium in supplements never actually made it into the patient’s bones and instead accumulated in the soft tissue and muscles including the heart.
Dr. Guy Abraham reported in the Journal of Applied Nutrition that in order to protect the fluid inside a cell from becoming saturated with calcium, a magnesium dependent mechanism directs excess calcium into the cell’s mitochondria. However, he noted that eventually this excess calcium in the mitochondria can lead to calcification of the mitochondria. He suspected this might be the source of chronic fatigue syndrome and other low-energy diseases. Without the intervention of sufficient magnesium, the cell will die.
The problem is not just an excess of calcium but also a problem of low magnesium. For more information on the calcium lie, see There’s An Elephant in the Room-Exposing Hidden Truths in the Science of Health.
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