Dietary Calcium May be Healthier for the Heart than Supplements

Recent study suggests supplements may raise the risk of heart attack.

If you can get your daily calcium needs from dietary sources rather than supplements, you may be helping your heart in the process. A study published in the June issue of the journal Heart found that people who take calcium supplements face a higher risk of heart attack than those who dont take calcium supplements. In addition, researchers found a slight protective effect of dietary calcium, with study participants who had the highest dietary intake of calcium experiencing a lower risk of heart attack than those who consumed the least calcium from food sources each day. Researchers emphasized that this study, as well as others that have also suggested a higher heart risk associated with calcium supplements, should not be interpreted as a reason to stop taking calcium supplements. Such supplements are often recommended to older adults to combat age-related bone density loss.
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