Want to Live Longer? Eat Calcium in Foods and Supplements

calcium longer lifeGreetings to you,

An article from the science news website known as Eureka Alert has shared the results of a study on how calcium extends lifespans in women.

Here’s the news article:

Calcium supplements linked to longer lifespans in women – Study finds calcium-rich diet, supplements provide equal benefits

Chevy Chase, Maryland — Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women live longer, according to a recent study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (A note from the blog author Nutrition Breakthroughs: “endocrinology” refers to the actions of hormones in the body.  Interestingly, in this study, the benefits of longer lifespans were seen when the calcium came from any source, including dairy foods, non-dairy foods or supplements. See a list of calcium-rich foods below).

Calcium, an essential nutrient for bone health, is commonly found in dairy products as well as vitamins. Although calcium is an essential nutrient for bone health, past studies have linked calcium supplements to heart disease risk. Researchers analyzing data from the large-scale Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study sought to clarify this issue and found moderate doses of calcium supplements had a beneficial effect in women.

“Our study found daily use of calcium supplements was associated with a lower risk of death among women,” said the study’s lead author, David Goltzman, MD, of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. “The benefit was seen for women who took doses of up to 1,000 mg per day, regardless of whether the supplement contained vitamin D.”

The study monitored the health of 9,033 Canadians (over a 12-year period), between 1995 and 2007. During that period, 1,160 participants died. Although the data showed women who took calcium supplements had a lower mortality (death) risk, there was no statistical benefit for men. The study found no conclusive evidence that vitamin D had an impact on mortality.

“Higher amounts of calcium were potentially linked to longer lifespans in women, regardless of the source of the calcium,” Dr. Goltzman said. “That is, the same benefits were seen when the calcium came from dairy foods, non-dairy foods or supplements.”

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From the blog author Nutrition Breakthroughs: Some of the best food sources of calcium include kale, collard greens, yogurt, cheese, sardines with bones, canned salmon with bones, broccoli, okra, almonds, figs, navy beans, sweet potatoes and spinach.

This natural health news is provided by Nutrition Breakthroughs, maker of Sleep Minerals II — the effective natural sleep aid with highly absorbable forms of calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin D.

Best of health,

Jobee Knight
Nutrition Breakthroughs

Source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/tes-csl052013.php

Calcium Rich Foods for Bones, Insomnia and Menopause Symptoms

Greetings to you,

Here is a helpful chart below with some healthy foods that are rich in calcium.  In research studies, calcium has been shown to strengthen bones, prevent osteoporosis, relax the nerves and muscles, soothe insomnia, and remedy the symptoms of menopause and PMS.

Calcium is an effective insomnia remedy.  A calcium deficiency is associated with difficulty in falling asleep per a study called “The Nutritional Relationships of Magnesium”.  The author notes that the classical sign of magnesium deficiency is falling asleep rather easily, but awakening frequently throughout the night and finding oneself tired even after several hours of sleep.

Calcium and magnesium should be taken in a 2 to 1 ratio, with twice as much calcium taken as magnesium.  This is from a study in the Journal of Physiological Reviews.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, one of the leading chiropractic and nutritional journals, published a study called “Hair calcium and magnesium levels in patients with fibromyalgia – a case center study.”  Fibromyalgia is a condition with chronic pain, multiple tender points in joints and muscles and sleep disturbances.  After their tests, the researchers found that calcium and magnesium supplements are indicated as an additional beneficial treatment of fibromyalgia.

Regarding calcium for good bone health, a recent study of 70,000 people from a report in the British Medical Journal confirmed that taking both calcium and vitamin D together on a daily basis significantly reduced the risk of bone fractures after menopause.

Enjoy the chart below.

calcium foods and sources

To your good health,

Jobee Knight
Nutrition Breakthroughs
Maker of the Effective Natural Insomnia Remedy Sleep Minerals II