Calcium Conundrum

Some of us think of calcium pills as bone insurance, but there’s worry that there may be a link between excessive calcium supplementation and a higher-than-expected risk of heart attack.

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Lest you abandon your bones to the ravages of osteoporosis, get your vital daily calcium fix in the food you eat (1,200 mg for women over 50 and men over 70) – in fact, the recommendation for individuals aged 50 and up is three servings of milk products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, a day – up from the previously recommended two a day. Dietary calcium seems to be safe and even appears to protect from cardiac events.