What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking calcium supplements?

November 22nd, 2010 by Leave a reply »

Every vitamin supplement has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. And calcium is no exception. But then, you really stand to gain so much from calcium supplements, provided you take them as recommended. You may do well to bear in mind that the very first thing you need to do when you purchase them is to see the label for the USP (US Pharmacopeia) symbol to ascertain the quality of the product. Such is the fashion with which every product is advertised in markets today that hardly you succeed in differentiating the original from the fake ones. The main advantage that calcium carbonate, one of the prominent calcium supplements, offers is the readiness to dissolve in your stomach before it can be absorbed by the intestines. This helps to activate the entire body system effectively. Another supplement calcium citrate helps to overcome problems like indigestion, reflux or other gastrointestinal condition with tremendous ease. Vitamin D, that serves to avoid developing hypertension, is readily available in combination with calcium supplements. However, on the flip side, you may have to be quite cautious about reports that 20% of calcium supplements that were recently tested during a study had problems. While two of the 25 calcium supplements taken for the test was found to be containing lead in excess, a real threat to your health, one did not disintegrate as required. Another supplement was reported to contain only 77% of the labeled amount of calcium. This only goes to show that calcium supplements cannot to be taken with face value and have to be thoroughly checked for authenticity, lest you face problems instead of deriving benefits from them.

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