Month: March 2019

Why You Should Rethink Your Calcium Supplements

If there’s one supplement to quit taking its definitely calcium. The story of calcium is mostly fake news.

Do we need calcium? Absolutely.

The number one misunderstanding about taking calcium is that we need to take more of it.

The problems w. Calcium in your body come from the mobility not the amount.

Adding more calcium doesn’t make your bones stronger.

There’s only so much calcium that can be retained by the bone.

Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) regulates the balance of calcium in your bones and in your blood.

PTH is affected by the PH of your blood. Are you alkaline or acidic? Many factors affect your blood PH but the biggest is diet.

If you’re eating a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables than you’re probably getting enough calcium.

Even a little dairy like whole fat milk, cheese, and butter can give you enough calcium.

When you have too much calcium, like more than your body needs, than the excess ends up in your blood. This excess calcium causes inflammation.

If your taking calcium supplements and are dealing with inflammation, pain, depression, etc than you may have too much calcium.

Too much calcium ends up in your arteries, lungs, gut, kidneys, and in your brain.

For those of you who are wondering, “what’s wrong with that?”, than this is gonna be a huge spoiler alert… but calcium isn’t supposed to be in any of those places.

If you have high serum calcium you are on track for a cardiac event.

This is why coronary artery calcium is one of the biggest indicators of heart attacks.

Your heart uses calcium to force contractions, but too much stymies the whole process.

A lot of it will end up in your kidneys and you’ll just piss it out. There is no bigger checking account to urine pipeline than calcium supplements.

When put to the test, calcium supplements don’t even keep little old ladies from breaking their hips. In fact, more studies show increased hip fractures with calcium supplementation than with no supplementation.

If you’re concerned about your calcium or bone health I’d recommend Magnesium.

Magnesium is a calcium antagonizer and will help balance the calcium to the right ratios.

It works well with PTH to shuttle the right amount of calcium between your bones and blood.

If your doctor has you on calcium then ask them about this.

If you have weak bones and are taking calcium supplements than it’s not a bad idea to switch to magnesium or end up like the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” lady.

High Protein And B-Vitamins

If you eat a high protein diet than you need to make sure you’re also taking B-vitamins. The metabolism of protein, esp animal protein, can result in elevated levels of homocysteine. While people are looking at cholesterol as the cause of heart disease, homocysteine lurks in the shadows leaving plaque in your arteries, leading to Alzheimer’s, stroke, and heart disease. Methylated B-vitamins help to eliminate homocysteine out of your body. If your eating high protein make sure you’re adding the methylated versions of B-Vitamins.. specifically: B-12 (methylcobalamin), B-6 (Pyridoxal phosphate P5P), and folate.