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Calcium Supplements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 09, 2011 at 5:37 AM

I have only been doing this for one week, so far I'm loving it. I love the way I'm eating, the foods are great. I am excited to continue. I'm concerned about Calcium, being a woman it's important that I get what I need. So, supplements? Anyone taking a good one?

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on July 09, 2011
at 02:16 PM

I have read several of these studies and it makes me uneasy about supplementing with calcium. I am an older woman who has been told for years to take calcium. For now, I am taking magnesium, but am using broth to help with the calcium and not taking any kind of calcium supplement.

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on July 09, 2011
at 06:04 AM

Hahaha! It's funny how that happens. I met one Alice my whole life, then when I was pregnant and planning on naming my daughter that, I met about 20 of them!

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on July 09, 2011
at 05:48 AM

Thanks! I actually read an older post and did some research and think I've answered my own question. And, you daughter is the third Wendy I've 'met' today...which is odd. I never meet Wendys.

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on July 09, 2011
at 05:46 AM

Nice to meet you, Wendy! Sorry I don't have an answer for you. I feel compelled to comment, since you're new and share a name with my baby.

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on July 09, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Supposedly the reason why calcium supplements don't work is that the calcium goes into your arteries and may spark a cardiovascular event, rather than fortifying your bones for those suffering from osteoporosis.

I wonder how many other supplements we take do not really work the way they're supposed to. I suspect many are probably completely useless and actually do harm.

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on July 09, 2011
at 02:12 PM

When you eat real food you don't need supplements. The reason we're all brainwashed into thinking about supplements is because the SAD is so antinutritious that we need supplements to get us what we should be getting in our food (and they do it poorly anyway)

Two exceptions: Vit D if you work inside and don't get much sun, Magnesium because our soil is so depleted that the vegetables that are supposed to give us Mg can't get any from the soil to give to us.

Heres a good post about the uselessness of Ca supplementation. http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/07/03/women-and-muscle/

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on July 09, 2011
at 01:45 PM

Bones! Canned salmon with the bones in, soft stock-bones, rotisserie chicken bones...

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on July 09, 2011
at 06:27 AM

Taking a higher dosage of vitamins or minerals can lead to the interference in absorption of others. Magnesium and calcium tend to compete with each other for intestinal absorption.

I do supplement but I do Vit D in the morning and magnesium and zinc later in the day.

Here is a link that provides some information: http://web.mit.edu/athletics/sportsmedicine/wcrminerals.html

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on July 09, 2011
at 06:03 AM

Hi Wendy! The only supplements that I take are ZMA at bedtime and fish oil after breakfast each day. As long as you're eating healthy you should be fine. I'm not sure what you're allowing into your diet but food such as cheese, yogurt, milk - cow and goat, broccoli, sardines and salmon, lots of leafy greens (kale, spinach, etc.), berries, are very good sources of calcium and should fix you right up. I know every "body" is different so whatever works for you in the end :) Good luck!

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on July 09, 2011
at 06:02 AM

Don't forget the magnesium. Calcium supplements without magnesium could actually be worse for your bones than no supplemental calcium at all. Your leafy greens will get you that too. I take calmag citrate sometimes to make sure I'm getting both in the right ratio.

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on July 09, 2011
at 05:52 AM

Lot's of green leafy vegetables.

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on January 04, 2013
at 05:58 AM

When I'm strict paleo I take calcium suppliments if not I get wicked dairy cravings (which I'm allergic to)

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on July 09, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I am successful at getting plenty (close to RDA some days, over RDA other days) of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K, without supplementing.

Magnesium: many green veg including spinach, broccoli and chards (don't boil - if you must, you should drink the water - or overcook). Pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds. Halibut and salmon. Coconut water

Calcium: green veg such as spinach and collards (do not boil or overcook), sardines (bone-in), bone broth, yogurt, cheese, milk.

Vitamin K: RAW CHEESE is the best choice to get immediately-usable K2. Green veg contain K1 (and D2) which must be converted.

You need vitamin D for bone health too. Certain fish such as sardines and herring are the only good dietary sources (there is some in dairy products and eggs, but tiny amounts). Get your sunshine and supplement with good-quality oil-based D3 drops when you can't.

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on July 09, 2011
at 01:12 PM

There are studies that conclude there is an increased risk in myocardial infarction when taking either calcium supplements alone or taking calacium supplements w vitamin d.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/741309

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on July 09, 2011
at 02:16 PM

I have read several of these studies and it makes me uneasy about supplementing with calcium. I am an older woman who has been told for years to take calcium. For now, I am taking magnesium, but am using broth to help with the calcium and not taking any kind of calcium supplement.

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