It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Panama City, Florida.
Pretty darn chilly, though.
Today’s temperature isn’t expected to get much higher than 50 degrees.
Which is an instant replay of yesterday’s sunny weather.
It was so cold yesterday that I had to wear a long-sleeved shirt when Ginger and I went on our 4 mile walk.
On the plus side, it’s supposed to be in the high 50’s Friday and in the 70’s by the weekend. So, I guess I’ll just have to ‘take it’ like a man.
And to help warm us up, Treasa made a big pot of ‘Hillbilly Chili.
Yum, yum…And, yummy!
Sure hope you’re staying warm and having some fun!
Today let’s talk about calcium supplements.
If we don’t count olive oil, cod liver oil and coconut oil, I don’t take any nutritional supplements.
Treasa though, used to take extra calcium because tests showed bone brittleness. However, after a year showed no improvement, she decided to stop.
And, her bone density levels have plateaued for the past four years. Which is sorta good news?
Anyway, while out poking around information about health problems we kids on the far side of 55 face, I kept running into warnings about taking calcium supplements.
This post is an overview of my findings. Perhaps you’ll get something outta it, too…
About calcium and our body functions:
The following is from Harvard:
Calcium is the most plentiful mineral in the human body.
Almost all of it — 99% — is stored in the skeleton, where it serves to maintain healthy bones and teeth.
But that’s not all it does. Calcium is also essential for the normal functioning of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves.
Tiny amounts are dissolved in the fluid inside and outside every cell in the body.
Too much or too little calcium can be deadly to those cells, so the body carefully controls its blood levels…”
Too much calcium is as harmful as not enough.
Calcium can cause a process called calcification. Calcification often occurs around damaged tissue.
Yet, there’s no supported proof this is directly caused by calcium supplements or from having too much calcium in our systems.
But, research published last year in the journal Heart found a 24 – 27% increased risk of heart attack for the people they studied who took 500 mg of elemental calcium daily.
Elemental calcium isn’t organic and is made from limestone, oyster shell, egg shell and bone meal.
Our bodies can’t biologically deliver this kinda calcium to where it’s needed.
And, it can cause osteoporosis, kidney stones, artery plaque, blood clots (thrombosis), high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, breast cancer, cognitive decline and even cause depression. Learn more, click on following blue link: Dangers of High Bone Mineral Density
Probably not a good idea to take inorganic calcium supplements.
In a U.S. government sponsored study of the effects of calcium and Vitamin D on 232 people over age 60, it was found that Calcium and vitamin D intakes were significantly and positively associated with brain lesion volume. (They measured with brain scans.) Click For Source
Overview of findings:
Brain lesions seen on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are indicative of damage to gray and white matter and are associated both cross-sectionally and longitudinally with cognitive dysfunction, dementia, stroke, late-life depression, and functional impairment.
Lesions are known to be associated with both the persistence and worsening of depressive symptoms.
Research into the causes of brain lesions is critical to understanding the occurrence and progression of numerous afflictions of late-life…”
Not exactly what we wanna hear, is it?
Especially alarming for me, is the linkage an overload of calcium has with causing depression and cognitive decline.
Worse yet, after doing more research, I found studies which showed that having weak calcium levels in our system, resulted in the same sorry conditions.
The good news here, though, is that low levels of calcium are mostly preceded with taking calcium channel blockers.
And, if the condition is diagnosed early enough, simply getting off the blockers could end the damage, and sometimes even reverse it. Memory Loss
The bad news is that diets heavy with high-fat dairy products was also associated with brain lesions, which leads to memory loss, depression and cognitive decline.
Before you trash your cheeses and the like, I couldn’t find any pure evidence that normal consumption of diary products, put us at risk.
On the contrary, really.
Calcium is a mineral, and is an essential building block of our bodies. And, it’s a necessary element for a wide range of functions.
One important function being communication of signals between all of our cells.
Balanced levels of calcium is also crucial for storing memory and for memory recall. Skewed levels can lead to depression, memory loss, cognitive decline and even dementia.
Sources for organic calcium:
- yogurt, Treasa eats a lotta vanilla bean. I can’t stand the smell
- figs, love them, btw
- almonds, one of my favorite snack foods
- brown & orange sugar, yuck, too sweet for my tastes
- eggs, I try to eat at least 3 daily
- lentils, I’m a big ‘any kinda bean’ lover
- wheat germ, I do a tablespoon per day
We both know there’s been a push for calcium supplementation, especially from chemical manufacturers, retailers and alternative health ‘gurus’.
And, prescribing calcium channel blockers isn’t all that rare, either.
Despite our commonalities, each of us are a slave to our unique DNA. As such, taking calcium supplements or channel blockers, could be necessary.
Personally, without detailed proof of dire necessity from a accredited medical source, I wouldn’t take calcium supplements. The same goes for taking any type of calcium channel blockers.
Both have the potential for causing the health conditions I’ve mentioned here, plus others.
With a balanced diet, regular exercise, a positive attitude, social engagements, and interests outside ourselves, our bodies are designed to run on autopilot.
I’m going with that…
As usual, we’ll remind you… “I don’t know anything for certain and I’ve no advice about anything. My role is reporting upon my research and sharing personal stories with you.
Still, I hope to inspire you to take personal responsibility for what’s going on in your life. And remind you that how you feel about the whole ball of wax, is also your personal responsibility.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very welcome…