Plant-Based Calcium Outshines Other Forms
It’s common knowledge that we need calcium for healthy bones. But the best source of dietary and supplemental calcium is much less understood. Milk and cheese, right? Actually, that your daily dose of calcium must come from dairy products is one of the biggest myths in nutrition. And likewise, when it comes to calcium supplements, the majority is in a form that is not truly best for your whole body, never mind your bones.
Dispelling the Myths about Calcium
“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk, and have the most calcium in their diets. [...] the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost non-existent,” states Dr. Amy Lanou, nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Animal-based sources of calcium like dairy contain high amounts of protein consisting of sulfur-based amino acids that are acidic in nature. In order to counteract this acidity and rebalance the body’s pH, calcium—an alkalinizing mineral—is leached from your bones. For every 1 gram protein in your diet, approximately 1 milligram calcium is lost or eliminated in your urine. Professor T. Colin Campbell, author of the famous China Study, concluded that “the association between the intake of animal protein and fracture rates appears to be as strong as the association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.”
So if we shouldn’t get our calcium from dairy, from where should we get it? Plants!
Plants Provide Healthier Calcium
In a plant, calcium is naturally bound with other minerals, vitamins, proteins and phytonutrients. This nutritional entity contains a “code,” if you will, that tells the body it is safe to absorb and directs the body to store the calcium in the bones. Plant-based calcium sources like dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sea vegetables are alkaline and very beneficial for your bones, thereby allowing for more calcium “gain.”
What about Calcium Supplements?
If it makes the most sense to get your dietary calcium mainly from plant sources, it follows that a bone health supplement should also contain calcium from plants, not rocks. Calcium carbonate, the cheapest, most common form of calcium found in supplements, is essentially limestone—a rock (literally chalk)! When was the last time you saw rocks on your dinner plate? And calcium citrate, a more expensive and supposedly superior form, is simply inorganic (rock) calcium merged artificially in a lab with chemically derived citric acid to form a salt—again, not a whole food.
Although some of these calcium forms are absorbed by the body, what happens once they get into the bloodstream and beyond is what matters. Too much calcium of the wrong form creates imbalances in other minerals critical for bone-building, or even worse, a build-up in the bloodstream that can lead to kidney stones, prostate cancer, or increased cardiovascular disease risk.
Take a Plant-Based Calcium Supplement Daily (Plus Co-Factors)
Along with a diet chock full of plant-based foods, a top-notch bone health supplement taken daily will support your natural bone remodeling processes so you can build strong and healthy bones for a lifetime. Along with plant-based calcium, a complete bone health supplement should contain the nutrients research shows to be essential for proper calcium utilization and bone renewal: vitamin K2, boron, silica, magnesium, vitamin D3, trace minerals, and an assortment of phytonutrients.
Copyright © 2011 The Synergy Company Author: The Synergy Company™ Author: Dr.Chanté Wiegand, ND
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