People have calcium supplements more frequently with the myth surrounding it about its health benefits. It is one of the commonly sold products in supermarkets and pharmacies. The shelves in the stores are filled with the supplements and these have labels filled with health claims. The calcium and vitamin D supplements are being used by people since ages to help increase bone and teeth health. All that everybody knows is that calcium is important for the bones to help it stay strong and prevent it from being fractured. The truth surrounding the concept is still a mystery. The latest study conducted by the University of Auckland shows the importance of calcium and vitamin D that body uses when exposed to natural sunlight.
Vitamin D is known to help absorb and utilize the calcium that is necessary for the body to maintain bone density. The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows the connection between calcium, vitamin D, and fractures. The people who are exposed to sunlight daily do not need any calcium or vitamin D supplements. The osteoporosis patients also do not require extra doses of calcium. The more consumption of calcium is found to increase the risks of kidney stones, constipation, heart attack, and bloating. The people on low doses of vitamin D were found to experience less of fractures. The higher doses increased the risks of falls and fractures. Thus, it is better to take 400-800 units, which is half that of the daily doses recommended by the manufacturers. The fracture is found to have a connection with lack of vitamin D that is usually obtained when exposed to the Sun. The dark-skinned living at higher altitudes or the veiled people do not require much of vitamin D as their bodies are accustomed to it.
Parallelly, a study published in The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism shows serum calcium to have a negative effect on bone mineral density (BMD) free of phosphate, vitamin D and parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels. However, the effects of calcium supplements and serum calcium still remain unknown. The study showed that increase in serum calcium was radically associated with a decrease in BMD at various locations.
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