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  • Jul 31

    The headlines screamed on the 29th July 2010. Results from a study by researchers were published in the British Medical Journal and reported by (Reuters) – Calcium supplements, which many people consume hoping to ward off osteoporosis, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent, researchers reported Friday. What the study found was that there was a 30 per cent increase in heart attacks in the people who were randomized to take calcium. The researchers conducted an analysis of results from 11 studies.

    I am left with a few questions but no answers:
    1) Why were these studies done?
    2) Who paid for the studies?
    3) What type of calcium was used? (Chelated calcium is bioavailable to our cells)
    4) What was the dosage?
    5) Did the calcium supplements also contain magnesium and Vitamin D3? (Magnesium and Vitamin D3 are required to be present for the body to utilize calcium)
    6) Have there been more than 11 studies done? If so, why were they all not included?
    7) What was the initial state of health of the participants?

    It is no wonder that we, the general public get confused when we read these headlines. One minute we are told that calcium is good for us and we need to have more of it…
    (Reuters Health) – Getting a bit more calcium in your diet could help you live longer, new research suggests.

    Another piece of research shows the benefits of calcium:
    High magnesium and calcium intake linked to lower diabetes risk

    It is well known that diet plays an important role in the development of type 2 diabetes, but less is known about the influence of specific nutrients on non-Western populations. A report published in the March 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed a protective effect of calcium and magnesium against diabetes in a large group of Chinese women.

    The study involved 64,191 women participated in the Shanghai Women’s Health Study, living in Shanghai, China. Analysis of dietary questionnaire responses determined calcium and magnesium intake.

    Women whose intake was in the highest group at an average of 649.6 milligrams per day had a 27 percent lower risk of diabetes than those whose intake was in the lowest group at 277.5 milligrams. Women whose intake of magnesium was highest at an average of 318.1 milligrams per day experienced a 20 percent lower risk compared with those in the lowest category of intake. Dairy intake was also related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

    The researchers did not have information on vitamin D intake, but the protective effect of dairy products could be partly due to their vitamin D content as well as calcium. The combination of vitamin D and calcium has been associated with a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes in previous research.

    Source: Am J Clin Nutr 89: 1059-1067, 2009.

    And the latest report implies that we have to stop taking calcium.
    Who do we trust?
    My suggestion is to learn more about supplements. Learn from the experts.

    What do we know about calcium?

    • It builds healthy bones
    • It helps our muscles to relax/contract
    • It is critical for normal nerve conduction
    • It helps with cell division
    • It helps with electrical conduction in the heart
    • It is essential for producing and activating enzymes and hormones that regulate digestion, energy and fat metabolism

    And because Calcium is a natural muscle relaxant it also helps you to handle stress and it’s one of the best used sleep aids around!

    What about Vitamin D?

    • It enhances calcium absorption in the small intestine
    • It enhances calcium utilisation in bone formation
    • It influences the utilisation of phosphorous – another mineral that is important for strong bones

    And magnesium?

    • It is an important component of strong healthy bones
    • It is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids
    • It plays an important role in neuromuscular contractions
    • It helps regulate the acid-alkaline balance in the body

    The synergy of calcium, vitamin D and magnesium form a trio that plays an important part in our health. I have been taking this combination for almost ten years, and I don’t plan on stopping. Become armed with knowledge and don’t let scary headlines frighten you!

    Further Reading
    Here is a rebuttal to the study from Natural News

    Is Calcium supplementation really bad Doctor Gerald Lewis gives his view on the recent paper with authors coming from Auckland New Zealand published in the British Medical Journal (29 July 2010)

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

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  • Apr 30

    Do you feel stressed? Is your life just one big rush, trying to balance many tasks? Stress is a big factor in the aging process. How do you de-stress your life?

    * Stress can cause headaches, nausea, psychological problems and even heart-attacks.
    * Stress lowers our white blood cell count, making us more susceptible to disease and illness.
    * Stress can cause hyperventilation and respiratory problems.
    * Stress can cause a variety of digestive issues, including constipation, indigestion and ulcers.
    * Stress is aging

    It is essential for many of us to have some quiet time alone, to de-stress ourselves from our busy lives. We can use that time for meditation or reflection, self-development, reading, listening to music – whatever calms you and brings you peaceful enjoyment.

    Many of us also benefit from friendships with other women, we just love talking. Make time for your friends and for making new friends – the more the merrier!

    I have recently discovered “Body Talk” which is a system of balancing techniques designed to stimulate your own innate wisdom to initiate the process of self-healing. It’s safe and non-invasive, works fast and brings about ongoing and lasting improvements on a physical, mental and emotional level. Find out more about Body Talk.


    Improve Memory ** Increase Energy ** Reduce Stress
    You may also want to take a look at Yoga and Meditation techniques that will allow you to discover natural stress relief, develop intuition, increase confidence, enhance mental clarity and improve memory concentration and focus! This is so powerful because it gives you the ability to transform your entire life 24/7 from the comfort of your own home, in about 20 minutes a day.

    Good nutrition contributes to a feeling of well-being and being able to handle the stress that sometimes is difficult to avoid. My suggestions for that feeling of wellness is to take a good quality anti-oxidant/multi-vitamin, a multi-mineral and omega-3 – along with a healthy diet that contains good helpings of fresh fruit and vegetables. The B vitamins are well known for helping with the stress factors. The anti-oxidants will combat any free radical damage caused by stress. And the Omega-3 will keep our veins supple which will decrease the strain on our heart. An extra supplement that may help with relaxation and sleep is a combination of calcium/magnesium/Vitamin D3/Vitamin K.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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