Calcium and Women’s Health

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calciumCalcium and women’s health have long been linked, and now a recently published study in the journal Osteoporosis International has found that there is no connection between calcium supplementation and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

For the study, researchers examined 74,245 women who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study. Calcium supplement usage and incident cardiovascular disease among all these participants was recorded.

Researchers noted that, not only did the women who consumed calcium supplements have no increased risk of CVD, but they had lower levels of trans fat, smoked less, and were more physically active than women who didn’t take any such supplements.

“Calcium is an essential nutrient most widely used for its bone health benefits, and government data show most Americans don’t get enough,” said Duffy MacKay, N.D., Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition. “We encourage continued studies on calcium’s safety and benefits, but this study should help women feel confident that calcium supplements are an appropriate choice if they are not getting enough from food alone.” 

If you are not getting enough calcium from food, consider a supplement. Talk to one of our nutritional experts to see what supplement is right for you.

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