Why I Hate Calcium

by Karen Brooks on October 5, 2009

I talk all day and every day about magnesium but most people are focused on calcium. Women especially are led to believe that calcium, and lots of it, is necessary to keep their bones from crumbling away. Medically we just imagine that bones are made of calcium and don’t realize the interplay between the two.

However, if you’ve read anything I’ve written about magnesium, you’ll know that magnesium is the dynamo behind calcium. They are both necessary and equally important for strong bones and many other processes in the body.

Here are the words of one of my clients. “It was news to me and might be a shock to your readers, too, when you say to take 1/3 as much calcium as magnesium. All the magnesium/calcium pills I could find had twice as much calcium and magnesium in them. And the other shock was that you hardly advise calcium pills anymore but recommend angstrom calcium.”

Calcium in the carbonate, citrate and gluconate forms are only 4-10% absorbed. Unlike magnesium, calcium doesn’t flush itself out with diarrhea if you take too much. Calcium, instead, causes constipation and builds up in the body. Some researchers are saying calcium supplements are responsible for an increase in heart disease, kidney stones, gall stones, heel spurs and other calcifications-like fibromyalgia. Part of that build up has to do with the fact that few people take magnesium with their calcium. It also has to do with the type of calcium that you may be taking.

Now, as usual, I’m leaping alone into the abyss here. But I can’t “unknow” what I know about calcium. And what I know is that most of the calcium being used is the wrong kind.

What’s the solution? We should try to get as much calcium as we possibly can from food sources. Go to The World’s Healthiest Foods, type in calcium for all the calcium rich foods. If you do the math, you’ll see that we get much more calcium in our diet than magnesium. But if you need extra, calcium, take it in the angstrom form.

Angstrom-sized calcium is at a particle size between a nanometer and picometer and fully absorbed at the cellular level. It’s taken in small dosages and there is nothing left over to calcify any part of the body.

I’m often asked about ionic minerals. Ionic means a charge, not a size, so an ionic supplement is not necessarily smaller than any other minerals on the shelf. I asked the last person who inquired if her ionic magnesium gave her a laxative effect. She said it did. Therefore it can’t be an angstrom-sized product.

As always, I know more questions will arise, which I’ll address next Tuesday in this ongoing magnesium and calcium forum!
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future

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