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Calcium Supplements Are Safe, But The Best Source Is The Diet

October 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
To combat osteoporosis, patients should maintain an adequate intake of calcium, but the source of the important mineral is essential to its effectiveness, In fact, say researchers at the University of California San Francisco who reviewed earlier studies, patients and health care practitioners should focus on getting calcium from the diet – e.g., food products fortified with calcium, plus kale, broccoli and bok choy – rather than from supplements. The researchers noted, however, that if patients cannot get adequate calcium from the diet, supplements are safe and not associated with cardiovascular problems, despite recent reports to the contrary.
Caren G. Solomon et al., "Calcium Supplements and Fracture Prevention", New England Journal of Medicine, October 17, 2013, © Massachusetts Medical Society
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