The truth about calcium

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The key to solving the calcium riddle is understanding the differences between calcium supplements.

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore

Osteoporosis is generally thought of as a “woman’s disease.”

In truth, millions of men and women are affected each year. Bone health is vital for everyone’s health. With that said, I want to talk about calcium and share some facts you may not know about calcium and building bones.

Here’s a hint: The two are not as related as you might think.

For years we were told to take 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day. The result? Our bones continued to break.

So what advice were we given? Take more. Many people are now told they should take 1,500 mgs. each day.

My frustration is there really isn’t much evidence to support that taking this much calcium builds stronger bones. However, there is evidence from a 2012 study that shows taking calcium alone can increase your risk of a heart attack, because the calcium isn’t going to the bones but is instead settling in the arteries.

The key to solving the calcium riddle is understanding the differences between calcium supplements. The most common forms available, like calcium carbonate, are derived from limestone. When you take it, you are essentially eating chalk. Unlike plants, we are not built to get nutrition from rocks. Our bodies are designed to get nutrients from foods that naturally contain calcium, like green leafy vegetables.

The good news is there are supplements made from plants that deliver calcium as well as the necessary helper nutrients to support bone health. My favorites by far are Bone Strength from New Chapter and Algae-Based Calcium from Vital Choice. Both of these formulas offer whole-food sources of calcium, D3, K2 and more. To hear some success stories, stop in or visit our website at

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. The phone number is 440-885-9505. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.