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THE ULTIMATE CALCIUM GUIDE
BY VIVIAN GOLDSCHMIDT, MA
and now I’d like to share my ﬁndings with you. my future looked grim. and come back in six months” . something big..: “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 calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak. I could. And that’s what started me on this journey of medical research and exploration. But.C. and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent. my visit to the doctor more than a half decade ago almost crushed me. My doctor reviewed the results. I started with the assumption that the medical establishment’s osteoporosis solution .D. drink your milk. and mumbled that I should drink “lots of milk”. I began investigating calcium. The Calcium Conundrum I realized during the early stages of my research that calcium was not the answer. nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington. wrote a prescription for Fosamax. things don’t always work out the way we plan. I knew I had to conquer this and truly believed that with my background in Nutritional Sciences and Biochemistry. But it would be no easy task. D. I’m sure you’ll beneﬁt from them as I did.“take these pills.com/Program/ . simply loading up on calcium would “cure” it.” T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 1 SaveOurBones.was lacking something. and resume my busy and happy life. At the same time. I remember feeling overwhelmed and distraught. It turns out I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Naturally.E ven though I’m a chronic optimist. that a lack of calcium is not the cause of osteoporosis. let’s examine this study byAmy Lanou Ph. I remember walking into the large and sterile waiting room with the certainty that I would breeze through the bone den- sity scan.. and suddenly. as you might know. Moreover. If that were the case. There had to be more to the story.
But it's not the focal point. you know that what the medical profession calls "osteoporosis" is correctly deﬁned as a condition of the skeletal system typical of middle aged and older individuals that is caused by unhealthy biochemical reactions. The calcium that would normally remain in the bones is used to correct the acidic imbalance. The body is attempting to correct an imbalance. along with other bone-healthy nutrients. exercise. Without addressing this imbalance. it won't matter how much or what type of calcium you take. you do not need as much calcium as you've been led to believe. there is a direct relationship between bone loss and an acid pH. How Much Do You Need? If your diet is properly balanced in terms of acidifying and alkalizing foods. since that’s the maximum absorbable quantity.com/Program/ . adequate calcium intake. What’s more. If you are maintaining an acid/alkalinebalance and following the other Save Our Bones Program guidelines. So What IS Calcium's Role? Bones become weak when there is too much accumulation of acid waste in the body.If calcium were the be all and end all that many proclaim it to be. T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 2 SaveOurBones. That's not to say calcium isn't important. make sure you don’t take more than 500 mg at one time. So it's not nearly as important to get more calcium as it is to achieve a more alkaline body chemistry to avoid draining the calcium from your bones. So it’s best to spread the calcium intake throughout the day. and lifestyle enhancements. For that reason. why the disparity? If you have the Save Our Bones Program. is certainly part of the picture. And the way to regain your bone health is to correct this imbalance through a natural and drug-free multi-pronged approach that includes nutrition (including some supplementation).
Vitamin D. What Calcium Supplement Should You Take? The most commonly available calcium supplements are calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. So I favor supplements which contain organic calcium derived from plants. I (and many others in the Save Our Bones Community) take no more than 800 mg a day. and that have the proper balance plus other bone-healthy "goodies" such as Vitamin K2. such as limestone and rocks. It's also important to make sure you don't look at calcium in isolation. for example algae. Vitamin D3.The actual dosage of calcium is not nearly as important as its absorbability.com/Program/ . and other nutrients. It works synergistically with magnesium. you don’t need large amounts. Once you understand why your bones leak calcium. both derived from inorganic sources. as I write in a blog post titled Calcium and Heart Attack Alert: My Take. In this case. yet the ﬁne print may disclose a smaller amount of elemental calcium. and have reversed my bone loss by 20% following the Save Our Bones Program. In particular. your calcium formula should contain magnesium in approximately a 2:1 ratio to the calcium (twice as much calcium as magnesium). The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) ranges from 800 mg to 1. and other important trace minerals. It is based on T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 3 SaveOurBones. just try to make sure you take them in the correct ratio.200 mg a day. For example. Or you can also take each mineral separately. Some supplement labels may show high levels of calcium. that’s the elemental calcium value. Let me explain. and stop the underlying cause of this calcium loss. Elemental Calcium The actual amount of usable calcium you get from a calcium supplement is referred to as elemental calcium. Calcium carbonate has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. Other labels may make no special mention of elemental calcium and only show one calcium amount. Vitamin K.
the calcium molecule is bound by two amino acids. since we’re meant to eat plant-derived foods (fruits and veggies).com/Program/ . an amino acid chelate is a viable alternative. If You Can't Find Organic Calcium If for whatever reason you can't take or can't ﬁnd an organic calcium supplement. With amino acid chelated calcium.the logic that we can easily digest and process edible plants. so consider the supplements as a baseline to meet your minimum daily requirement. Here are some of the highest food sources of calcium which are listed in the Save Our Bones Program as Foundation Foods (and they're all alkalizing): • Cabbage • Broccoli • Spinach • Lima beans • Collard greens • Kale • Mustard greens • Sesame seeds • Flax seeds • Almonds T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 4 SaveOurBones. You should be able to get this at a health food store or through popular websites. Don't Forget Food! You can get extra calcium from foods. so your body treats the substance as organic.
Women who drink two or more glasses of milk per day increase their risk of fractures compared with women who drink less than one glass per week. Bottom line: milk does NOT do the body good.com/Program/ . T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 5 SaveOurBones.What's Wrong with Milk? Many of you know that I don't recommend consuming unfermented dairy products. raw milk is a slight improvement. the above statistics start to make sense. except in moderation as part of a pH-balanced meal. Consider these facts: As mentioned above. When you understand that the pH of pasteurized milk and dairy products ranges from 2 to 4. with the lowest pH (most acidic) for pasteurized processed milk. Post-menopausal women in America who consume calcium rich dairy products have over three times more osteoporosis diagnosis than those who do not. due to the acidic pH they actually cause bone loss. consumption of cheese and other dairy products also increase the risk of fractures. sweetened yogurts and other processed dairy foods. The truth is that milk and other dairy products are not good sources of calcium. Americans have one of the world's highest calcium intakes from dairy products but still have one of the world's highest rates of diagnosed osteoporosis. The only exceptions to this rule are: • Unsweetened yogurt • Sour cream • Keﬁr As far as milk goes. Even though dairy products contain calcium. Because the combined molecule is too large for our GI tract. Pasteurization destroys the enzyme that we need to separate the phosphorus molecule combined to the calcium molecule in cow’s milk.
that drink it after weaning. Now that you're armed with this knowledge.the calcium contained in milk is excreted in the urine. If you're looking at an unfamiliar brand. I have one more goodie for you! Below. and chances are it will fall into one of the categories in the chart. but check the label to make sure. you don't have to get confused by miracle claims or fancy brand names. the pH of raw milk is more neutral than that of pasteurized milk. This chart covers most of the calcium types you'll encounter. you'll ﬁnd a simple breakdown of the different types of calcium.com/Program/ . The same goes for calcium added to orange juice and other food products – it's usually calcium carbonate. The Handy Calcium Chart And now. just read the label – it'll tell you what type of calcium is included in the supplement. This is the preferred type of calcium. T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 6 SaveOurBones. Think about this: we are the only mammals that drink the milk of another species. and if that wasn’t bad enough. You can read a lot more about milk in my blog post titled Debunking the Milk Myth: Why Milk is Bad for You and Your Bones. CALCIUM TYPE RECOMMENDED ORGANIC NOTES Calcium (from algae) Calcium (Raw) Red algae/ seaweed extract YES YES Typically derived from marine plants (such as algae). Also.
T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 7 SaveOurBones.com/Program/ . calcium lactate. so the body treats them as organic. This is the Calcium carbonate NO NO type of calcium that has been implicated in increased risk of heart attack. calcium lactate. calcium citrate malate. Poorly absorbed. calcium gluconate. calcium malate. This is a viable second choice if you can't ﬁnd organic calcium. Inorganic.CALCIUM TYPE RECOMMENDED ORGANIC NOTES Amino acid chelated calcium: This group includes calcium aspartate. and calcium ororate YES NO Chelates attach themselves to organic molecules. calcium glycinate. Derived from limestone/ rocks.
but 21% is inorganic. Some consider calcium citrate a chelate. Manufactured by living coral organisms as a protective shell.CALCIUM TYPE RECOMMENDED ORGANIC NOTES Calcium carbonate processed with lactic and citric acids. Dolomite NO NO Inorganic. Eggshells NO NO T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 8 SaveOurBones. I do not.com/Program/ . Harvesting coral for calCoral calcium NO NO cium raises environmental concerns due to the fragility and deterioration of remaining coral reefs. Better than carbonate because Calcium citrate NO NO it is more digestible. Primarily calcium carbonate. Derived from rocks.
Click here to learn more T h e U l t i m a t e C a l c i u m G u i d e! 9 SaveOurBones.CALCIUM TYPE RECOMMENDED ORGANIC NOTES Typically derived from calf bovine Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite (MCHA) or (MCHC) NO NO bones.com/Program/ . 'take-you-by-the-hand'. Go Beyond Calcium If you want to accelerate your bone building results with an easy to understand resource that reveals exactly what I and thousands of others in our community did to increase our bone density naturally. and lifestyle information that is proven to increase bone density naturally. Contains other minerals and proteins in addition to calcium. It's ﬁlled with breakthrough. then you absolutely have to check out the Save Our Bones Program. but may have quality control issues. The ‘Actions!’ at the end of the chapters outline exactly what to do and are all backed by over 100 scientiﬁc sources. nutritional. exercise.
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