The Truth About Calcium

We have always been told about the importance of dairy in our diet. We have also been told about the importance of calcium is our diet. We must drink milk, eat cheese and take calcium supplements. It supposedly builds strong bones and teeth and prevents osteoporosis and fractures. Yeah right! According to the INH Health Watch, the average American consumes 600 pounds of dairy products a year – that’s almost 2 pounds per day – and yet osteoporosis rates in the United States are among the highest in the world.

The article goes on to say that, calcium by itself can cause heart disease, stiff joints and even cell dysfunction and death! The key point is that the health of our bones depends far more on other factors such as magnesium, boron, and vitamin D than it does on calcium. Consumption of too much calcium is just plain damaging to your bones and your health in general.

Without calcium, you cannot live, but without adequate amounts of magnesium to balance that calcium, you will find yourself falling victim to hardening of the arteries, arthritis, diabetes, and senility. Magnesium is the activating mineral for close to 400 different enzyme reactions in the body – more than any other mineral.

Without this mineral…

• Calcium gets trapped in your muscles, stiffening your body.
• Calcium sits in the lining of your arteries, causing plaque that leads to heart problems.
• Calcium accumulates in your cells, which hyper excites it leading to cell dysfunction and even cell death.

What might the American dairy industry have to do with all of this? Why are so many people convinced that dairy is the best source of calcium? I’m betting on the remarkable marketing and lobbying work done by the dairy industry. Do your homework on this issue and see it for what it is?