All this time, experts claimed how calcium is extremely beneficial for bones. During the past few decades, people have been taught to drink milk and take calcium supplements for strong teeth and bones. Yet, the number of people suffering from osteoporosis is constantly increasing!
Actually, recent studies show that calcium is the main culprit in the case of inflammation. Any diseases with names ending with –itis are indicating inflammation of certain body parts.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus, colitis is inflammation of the colon, arthritis is inflammation of the joints, hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, and bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi. As you can see, they are all the same “disease and that is inflammation!
According to a study tracking 78,000 nurses, the more cow’s milk they consumed, the more bone fractures they experienced.
Bone fracture rates are lowest in countries where daily and calcium consumption is lowest. There are numerous factors that can affect your calcium intake and whether the calcium is properly absorbed into the bones. If it is not properly absorbed, it may cause calcium deposits elsewhere.
Calcium in the wrong places
98% of calcium is found in the bones, 1% in the teeth and 1% in other tissues.
Calcium that is not deposited in the bones may lead to:
- Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis)
- Brittle and fragile bones (osteoporosis)
- Calcification in the liver and kidneys (liver and kidney stones)
- Calcification in the brain (intracranial calcification)
- Calcification in joints (arthritis and gout)
Factors that contribute to calcium toxicity
Calcium toxicity is a complex problem. There are many factors that contribute on whether the calcium will be absorbed into the bones, or it will “run loose” in the blood and lead to calcification.
Consider these things:
- Calcium requires vitamins A, C, D, and K for optimal metabolism
- Nutrient cofactors -- there are other minerals that contribute to healthy bone formation, including phosphorus, zinc, silicon, copper, boron, and magnesium
- High fat intake and artificial food additives from processed foods inhibit calcium absorption
- Long-term medication and stress deplete the body of numerous minerals essential for calcium absorption
- High animal protein and dairy consumption cause an acidic blood that increases calcium loss
- Excessive sugar and salt intake deplete the body of minerals important for calcium absorption
- Certain health conditions can prevent calcium absorption leading to bone loss
Taking the wrong kind of calcium supplements
You should temporarily stop eating excess calcium and supplement with magnesium to reduce inflammation.
Magnesium is the second most abundant positive-ion-charged element inside human cells. Calcium and sodium are outside of the cells. Magnesium is a key mineral in hundreds of functions in the body and a key cofactor in more than 300 enzyme-driven biochemical reactions.
Magnesium deficiency can disrupt these functions and lead to serious complications. Most of the factors that cause calcium toxicity can contribute to a depletion and deficiency of magnesium as well.
Magnesium helps absorb calcium and make it available for bone-building. Without magnesium, calcium can’t be absorbed properly and can cause deposits elsewhere in the body but the bones.
The dietary ratio of calcium-magnesium should be 1:1. However, environmental toxins and various other factors can cause magnesium depletion.
So, an average diet today has a 10:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium! The 1:1 ratio should be in supplements form and a combination of diet and water. Some individuals have to take twice the amount of magnesium as calcium to repair the damage from drug intake, calcium buildup, stress, and inflammation.
Calcium can cause inflammation, but magnesium is known for its ability to reverse the inflammation.
Magnesium is anti-inflammatory
Legumes, whole grains, avocados, green vegetables, seeds and nuts (especially almonds) are rich in magnesium. Magnesium is the central element of chlorophyll, the substance responsible for the green color of the plants.
In other words, green plant foods are a potentially good source of magnesium.
Source: Healthy Food House