Citing potential heart damage, experts recommend caution before taking calcium supplements

UNC| Mon Feb 13 05:12:56 EST 2017
Citing potential heart damage, experts recommend caution before taking calcium supplements

After analyzing 10 years of medical tests on more than 2,700 people in a federally funded heart disease study, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conclude that taking supplemental calcium may raise the risk of plaque buildup in arteries and cause heart damage. A diet high in calcium-rich foods appears be protective, however.

John Anderson, PhD, professor emeritus of nutrition at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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