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July 7, 2006

Calcium Supplementation Aids Weight Loss In Middle Age

Topics: Health Issues

A new study finds that calcium may do double duty in middle age, building bone strength while helping prevent weight gain. Researchers noted that calcium supplements seem to have the greatest impact on maintaining weight, may even aid weight loss, and seemed to benefit women even more than men.

Our recommendation for calcium supplementation is NSI's "Calcium Citrate Malate, Magnesium & Vitamin D" (good benefit/price ratio). The addition of vitamin D assists the body in the transport of calcium through the bloodstream, and assists in the retention of calcium and phosphorus. [Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) 700 IU, Calcium (citrate malate) 500 mg., Magnesium (oxide) 250 mg., Malic Acid NLT (from calcium malate)].

If you're already taking a vitamin/mineral supplement be sure to consider the amount of calcium included in the product [And be sure to check with your physician and pharmacist first, in order to make sure that calcium supplementation will not interfere with any medications that you are taking].

Excessive calcium intake in men has been indicated in prostate cancer. Before you even think about taking additional calcium (beyond the recommended levels and that which is already included in the above-mentioned NSI product, there are several factors you should consider.

Do NOT mega dose on calcium.

The Recommended Daily Requirement (RDI) for calcium has increased over the last 50 years, from 400 mg per day in 1947, to 1000 mg in 1996. And as it has increased, cardiovascular diseases and degenerative skeletal diseases, especially osteoporosis, has steadily increased.

Pathologists report that over 85% of all autopsies done on people over 65 demonstrate calcification of soft tissue within the body. Therefore, it does not appear that a calcium deficiency causes degenerative bone disease, but rather a condition whereby the calcium is being leached from the bones and being deposited in the soft tissues. This condition is caused by excessive calcium consumption relative to other nutrients required for proper calcium metabolism. Improper food choices and lack of exercise allows the body to become too acidic which exacerbates this condition and leads to cellular toxicity and impaired immune function.

Related:
Calcium intake levels in the United States: issues and considerations
Calcium Supplement Guidelines
The Importance of Organic Calcium vs. Inorganic Calcium: The Women's Body's Ability to Recognize and Utilize Calcium

Posted by Richard at July 7, 2006 10:01 AM



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