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Calcium Supplements

Updated: Thursday, September 5 2013, 11:08 AM EDT
That daily calcium supplement is not one you should stop, according to a new report.

Medical Reporter Liz Bonis explains why in today's Health Alert.

If your doctors has suggested you take calcium supplements, this report says you don't need to stop, even if you've heard other concerns that the supplements could hurt your heart. We stopped out at the Good Samaritan Women's Center for Specialized Care to tell you more.

Researchers in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism looked at women who took up to 1000 milligrams of calcium a day and found that they had a lower risk of death from all causes by 22 percent, this over a ten year time period compared to those who did not take calcium.

This was a global study, which reviewed several other studies, and it's important to note, because you may be taking calcium for a number of reasons, such as to stop bone loss. So, here's what's suggested... up to 1000 milligrams a day, and it is best absorbed if you take it in small doses, such as no more than 500 milligrams at a time with food.
Calcium Supplements


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