Exercise Can Help Build Bone Density Without Supplements
An article in the July 29 issue of The British Medical Journal stated that taking calcium supplements could increase your heart attack risk by 31 percent. The head of the analysis team, Professor Ian Reid at the University of Auckland, said that the study shows that “The risks outweigh the benefits.”
Reid is unsure why the calcium supplements increase heart attack risk but believes that it is most likely related to higher blood calcium levels which can lead to hardening of the arteries which can then cause heart attacks.
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“It’s not surprising that the calcium supplements were found to have some sort of danger attached to them,” said Karena Thek Lineback, author of OsteoPilates, said. “Any time you take a food and you process it down to its one nutrient, it’s going to perhaps cause problems. I would recommend with this new information to just go a more natural route and go back to the good old days of increasing your bone density through exercise.
“But if your bone density is already low, there is exercise out there that will reduce your fracture risk up to 300 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic, without increasing your bone density,” she continued. “Don’t worry about not taking your calcium supplements; you can get your calcium from whole foods like kale, spinach and rhubarb, which is in season right now, and just do the correct exercises to reduce your fracture risk.”
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