In the world of supplements there are some supplement superstars… some average supplements… and some supplements that are downright dangerous.
The problem is most people don’t know which is which.
That’s why I want to warn you about the dangers of calcium supplementation.
You heard me right.
While I’m not giving you medical advice, if you’re a patient of mine and you were taking calcium then chances are you heard me tell you to ditch the calcium Stat!
I know that flies in the face of what you may be doing.
After all, the protocol recommended by most physicians all over the nation is for anyone over 50 to scarf down 1,500 – 2,000 mg of calcium.
But in a second I’m going to show you why that isn’t just a ludicrous suggestion and a total waste of money…
I’m also going to show you why it’s dangerous.
Calcium Supplements Are Dangerous – Here’s Why
First things first.
I’m not going against basic medical science and telling you calcium is bad.
No. It’s calcium supplements that can be bad.
There’s no way around it. You need calcium for healthy, strong bones, it’s a basic biological fact.
However, you don’t need nearly as much calcium as you might think.
The optimal amount of calcium for bone health is just 200-350 mg of calcium daily. Most people can get that if they eat a diet filled with whole foods and fortified drinks.
But many people are taking up to 4-6x that amount.
The reason this is a problem is because most Americans are dangerously deficient in an essential nutrient called vitamin K-2.
Vitamin K-2 is one of the most under consumed vitamins in the nation and that’s because most people’s diets don’t contain vitamin K-2 rich foods.
K-2 rich foods like some organ meats, fermented products like sauerkraut and natto, along with some cheeses.
The reason a deficiency in K-2 is so dangerous is because vitamin K-2 is the nutrient responsible for giving your body the cue to pull calcium out of your bloodstream and into bones and teeth.
If you’re taking a calcium supplement and don’t have sufficient K-2 calcium in your diet not only will your bones or teeth never get the calcium they need…
Most of that excess calcium will continue to swim around in your arteries and veins.
This is a major problem. Especially because if you’re taking a calcium supplement your body can only excrete about 100 mg of calcium daily… far less than what you’d be supplementing with.
If the calcium isn’t excreted it can pile up inside of your arteries where it may eventually form blockages that could damage your heart.
Holy Moly, who knew calcium could be that bad?!?
Well, you can thank the dairy industry for that problem. Their huge marketing campaigns were based on a faulty premise. They assumed since calcium was essential for bone health the more you consumed the stronger your bones would be.
Not true at all.
I’ve written extensively about the dangers of calcium in the past and you can search the blog on Health As it Ought To Be’s website to see my earlier writings.
What I’d like to show you today isn’t just that calcium supplements are bad…but also the healthy and effective ways to strengthen your bones and protect your heart without calcium.
3 Little Known CALCIUM-FREE Ways To Strengthen Your Bones
When I recognized the danger inherent with calcium supplementation the first thing I did was tell patients to stop taking calcium…
And I started telling them to take vitamin K-2.
In my opinion that’s one of the best places to start for maintaining bone health and protecting your heart.
If you’ve been a reader of mine for any amount of time you know how highly I think of vitamin K-2.
However if you’re especially concerned about building or maintaining bone strength I created a special, calcium-free formula which includes vitamin K-2 and a few other “secret ingredients” for bone health.
These 3 little-known and all-natural foods/nutrients are all included in my Calcium-Free Bone Support Supplement that we carry in our store.
1 – Japanese Knotweed:
Japanese knotweed is commonly thought of as an invasive and irritating vine that devours the sides of houses and forests.
Turns out this plant is an especially potent source of one of the strongest antioxidants in the world.
I added Japanese knotweed into my Calcium-Free Bone Support formula because of how much resveratrol is in it.
Resveratrol, the same antioxidant found in red wine (and commonly associated with the “French Paradox” where people eat baguettes and butter and live a long time) has some pretty astounding bone strengthening properties.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, showed twice-daily resveratrol helps improve key bone health indicators.
“In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study Evolva’s trans-resveratrol boosted bone density, bone formation in a group of middle-aged men who had prior risk factors associated with low bone density.”
Other studies support this same finding.
The way resveratrol works to help build your bones is by helping to support the function of osteoblasts (bone building cells) that are oftentimes harmed in daily life.
2- Boron (Citrate):
One of the more important minerals needed for bone health is boron.
Most people don’t get enough boron in their diet because they don’t fill up on boron-rich foods
Here’s what Dr. Susan E. Brown of BetterBones.com. says:
“Boron Citrate is another element on our list of 20 key nutrients that has been discovered only in recent years to be essential to bone health. The body requires boron for proper metabolism and utilization of various bone-building factors, including calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, estrogen, and perhaps testosterone…
Studies overall show that boron has a mineral-conserving and estrogen-enhancing effect, especially among women with low magnesium intake. Lead researchers now consider boron important for the utilization and metabolism of calcium and vitamin D, as well as for overall hormonal balance.”
The reason boron is needed in the first place is because without it, estrogen (yes, even men have estrogen) is never converted into something called 17 beta estradiol.
17 beta estradiol is a form of estrogen that helps your bones absorb magnesium, calcium and phosphorous.
3: Betaine HCL:
Something many people don’t realize is if your stomach doesn’t properly digest food because of low stomach acid then you won’t be able to absorb calcium, strontium, boron and other minerals critical to good bone health.
Often times the older you get, the less efficient your stomach is at making hydrochloric acid.
This impairs digestion and weakened bones will oftentimes be a byproduct of your body not digesting food as well.
This is why I added betaine HCL into this formula.
Betaine is a vitamin-like substance found in foods that’s needed for a variety of chemical processes… including those related to bone formation.
The form of betaine I included is fortified with hydrochloric acid (HCL), the very same stomach acid found in your stomach to help improve the level of stomach acids needed to properly break down foods for proper absorption.
Not only is Betaine HCL vital for your bone health, often times people who take it notice improvements in various other areas of life (like less bloating, easier digestion, etc.)
Build Strong Bones and Protect Your Heart With My Calcium Free Bone Support
If you want to build strong bones and a healthy heart AND ditch the calcium supplements I suggest you start taking Calcium Free Bone Support.
If you’re still not convinced calcium supplements are dangerous, I invite you to read The Calcium Paradox. It’s a 288 page book featuring an insane amount of research demonstrating just how harmful calcium supplements truly are.
Calcium Free Bone Support is an amazing supplement for bone health.
It delivers a host of minerals needed for bone health along with several of the ingredients listed below..
- Vitamin C 225 mg 375% dv
- Vitamin K2 MK-7 150 mcg 187% dv
- Vitamin D3 3000 IU 750%
- Strontium (citrate) 210 mg **
- Boron (citrate) 10 mg **
- Knotweed 360 mg **
- Betaine HCL 120 mg **
If you’re over 50…
And are concerned about your bone health…
I can’t recommend Calcium Free Bone Support enough.