By Paul Fassa | February 4, 2012
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(Health Secrets Newsletter) There's plenty of misinformation about calcium supplementation floating around. But what you really need to know is that all calcium is not created equal. Calcium from raw whole foods is beneficial and necessary. But calcium thrown into processed food as a sales gimmick, or supplemental calcium taken alone without its balancing vitamins and minerals is likely to do more harm than good.
Bone Health and Calcium
Several trials and tests have determined that supplementing with calcium alone makes bones denser, but weaker! The calcium for bone health mantra we've listened to for decades is a serious oversimplification.
Other minerals such as magnesium are part of the true bone health supplemental paradigm. Dr. Robert Thompson, author of The Calcium Lie, explains that there are a dozen minerals involved with building strong bones. He recommends using unprocessed sea salt to supply the trace mineral needs that we don't get because of aggravated agricultural depleted topsoils.
Dr. Thompson further explains how focusing on calcium supplementation alone, without considering the complementary minerals and vitamins K2 and D3, actually increases one's risk of osteoporosis. Dr. Mark Sircus is big on proper magnesium supplementation, since this mineral is involved with 300 metabolic processes involving other minerals and vitamins. Many praise magnesium as the master mineral. Magnesium is found in cocao and green leafy vegetables. Other minerals necessary to balance calcium include silica, boron, strontium, zinc, manganese and iodine. Silica is found in cucumbers and bell peppers. The best source for boron is dried fruits such as prunes and apricots. Raw dairy products and sea foods are good sources of strontium. Zinc is found in wheat germ, eggs, pumpkin seeds and sea food, and manganese in nuts, green leafy vegetables, peas and beets. Because of depleted soils, iodine is seriously missing from our food supply and should be taken as a supplement.