Dr Oz: Is Calcium Dangerous?
While most of us would guess that calcium is a pretty important nutrient for our bodies, according to Dr. Oz, calcium could be putting out health at risk. Continue reading to learn about the dangers of overdosing on calcium and how you can protect yourself.
Too Much Calcium Can Lead to Cardiac Arrest
Dr. Oz said calcium is an essential nutrient we need for good health, especially women, but getting too much calcium in the body can lead to some dangerous health problems according to one recent study.
Dr. Tanya Edwards of the Cleveland Clinic explained that calcium needs to be taken in a certain amount to work properly but for many women, they are being bombarded with studies telling them to take more. According to Dr. Edwards, consuming too much calcium is not good for the bones. The excess calcium has nowhere to go meaning it could end up in your tissue or arteries where it continues to build over time and could potentially lead to cardiac arrest.
Calcium from Food vs Calcium Supplement
According to Dr. Edwards getting calcium from your food is the best way to consume calcium. When you get calcium from your food, it is easy for the body to process and use but when you get calcium in supplement form, your body has to go through a series of steps which can put added stress on your health.
Best Sources of Calcium in Food
Dr. Edwards suggested consuming between 1,000 and 1,200 mg of calcium a day. Check out some of her favorite foods to eat to get all the calcium she needs.
- Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt: 8 ounces = 415 milligrams
- Collard Greens: 1 cup = 350 milligrams
- Canned Salmon: 3 ounces = 181 milligrams although you will have to eat the bones to reach that number.
- White Beans: 1/2 cup = 100 milligrams
Calcium Supplement Recommendation
While Dr. Edwards just stated it is better to get your calcium from food, Dr. Oz still wanted to share his calcium supplement recommendations with everyone watching. He said to follow these if you are not getting enough calcium in your diet.
- No more than 600 milligrams of calcium supplements a day.
- 400 milligrams magnesium.
- 1,000 IU Vitamin D3.