Health Capsule
Calcium Deficiency
 
If your test reports show calcium deficiency, don't take it as a signal to pop calcium pills. That will be not only futile but also downright dangerous. A recent analysis of seven years of data from more than 36,000 postmenopausal women came up with shocking results: starting daily supplements (1000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of Vitamin D) increased the risk of heart problems by up to 22 per cent. In other words, if 1,000 persons start taking calcium supplements, the pills would prevent three fractures but cause as many as six heart attacks or strokes.
 
The right way to boost calcium is by increasing the intake of items like bhindi, spinach and beet in your diet. At the same time, do weight-bearing exercises to strengthen your bones.
 
If at all a pill is to be taken, don't go beyond 600 mg daily.
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