According to the latest research conducted by the Pediatric Academic Society – PAS, the health of your bones depends on the amount of magnesium you take, not on the amount of calcium. Magnesium, not calcium, is the most important ingredient for development of sound and strong bones during adolescence.
It was thought for a long period of time that calcium strengthens the bones, and its supplements strengthen the teeth. However, according to a study conducted in 2004, people who took calcium supplements (statins) had excess amount of calcium in their coronary artery and had 17 times higher risk of heart attack.
In a 2007 study conducted in postmenopausal women, it was found out that dietary calcium provides better effects over the bone well-being the one that derives its supplements. In addition, postmenopausal women suffered from greater number of heart attacks, which were caused by calcium supplements.
According to the NOF (National Osteoporosis Foundation), the optimal source for calcium is the food, meaning that people who get calcium from food don’t have a need to take calcium supplements. Those people might have a need to take vitamin D supplement, because too much calcium supplements can increase the risk of stones in the kidneys.
A group of experts from the Zurich University, led by Sabine Rohrmann, proved that doctors and public have widely embraced calcium supplements, thinking that they are safe and natural for treatment and prevention of osteoporotic fractures.
However, nowadays, most of the supplements are rich in calcium carbonate, a secondary calcium type and in order to make it more absorbing, producers add a chelating agent to it.
At the same time, the traditional myth that the intake of pasteurized dairy items is still engraved in people’s mind. For instance, they think that consumption of cheese or milk will increase calcium levels. This is completely wrong, since the purification preparation produces calcium carbonate that can’t go in the cells without the chelating agent. This leads to the following: the calcium from the bones is forced by the body to cushion the calcium carbonate in the blood, leading to osteoporosis.
On the other side, professor Steven Abrams and his colleagues from the Medicine College in Houston, find out that magnesium ingestion by young people is the crucial indicator for thicker bones and aggregation of bone mineral substance. They claimed that dietary magnesium, although quite unrecognized, might be the one of the most important factors for children bone mineral accretion. The don’t deny the importance of calcium as well, saying that it’s only important for those children who have extremely low calcium intakes. However, calcium is not more important than magnesium. They advise the parents to start giving their children the right amount of magnesium alongside the decent admission of calcium, in order to build sound and solid bones.
Magnesium admission creates higher BMD (bone mineral thickness) in men and women. According to Dr. Kathryn M. Ryder, from the Tennessee University in Memphis, osteoporotic fractures are a serous issue in the aging adults well-being. They have low BMD and fracture, and even the smallest increase in BMD can have enormous impact on their general well-being.
She explained that magnesium has many structures, including magnesium chloride or oxide, and chelated magnesium, that are extremely beneficial. Normally, containers contain 250-500 mg of magnesium. Although the recommended daily allowance of magnesium is from 350 to 400 mg, your body might have a need of twice the sum so it can function properly.
But, for optimal results, consume magnesium in measurements needed and enough for the duration of the day, alongside your meals or on an empty stomach.
Epsom salts bath will provide additional benefits, as well since the skin will absorb magnesium from it and thus, the body will restore its levels. In case these levels drop, the bones and tissue will use the magnesium in the blood (which is about 1%).
Despite everything, the richest source of magnesium is the food, so increase the daily intake of nuts, seeds, cacao, and green leafy vegetables.