Excessive Calcium Might Affect Your Health

Vitamins from Food — Not Supplements — Linked with Longer Life

"Our results support the idea that, while supplement use contributes to an increased level of total nutrient intake, there are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that aren't seen with supplements", Zhang says. These deaths included 945 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 805 deaths from cancer.

They also discovered that too much calcium was linked to an increased risk of cancer death, which they found was associated with supplemental doses of calcium exceeding 1,000 mg/day. In addition, the study found that taking dietary supplements didn't lower the risk of death in participants, which included United States adults ages 20 and older.

In this study, participants were asked whether they had used any dietary supplements in the previous 30 days.

Instead, the team found indications that use of vitamin D supplements by individuals with no sign of vitamin D deficiency may be associated with an increased risk of death from all causes including cancer. Of these supplement users, participants were more likely to have had a higher level of education and family income, but more importantly, followed a healthy diet and remained physically active.

Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the researchers analysed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data on supplements such as multivitamins, vitamin C, and calcium - which the study participants took - along with info on the foods they ate. According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 75% of US adults take a dietary supplement of some kind.

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Associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and senior and corresponding author on the study Fang Zhang explained the motivation for the study, saying it is "important to understand the role that the nutrient and its source might play in health outcomes, particularly if the effect might not be beneficial". Excess intake of calcium was associated with a higher risk of death from cancer.

The findings suggested that "adequate nutrient intake from foods was associated with reduced mortality, [while] excess intake from supplements could be harmful", the researchers concluded.

To calculate the daily supplement dose of each nutrient, the frequency and the product information for ingredient, amount of ingredient per serving, and ingredient unit were combined. This could altogether eliminate the need to have additional nutritional supplements. Eating nutritionally insipid food and trying to make up for it by taking supplements that appear to be doing more harm than good. A lifetime of a poor diet and lack of physical exercise can not be made up with supplements and vitamins.

'Meanwhile, it is clear diets high in these components are healthy. The problem found in a study from the University of Birmingham in 2018, is that vitamin and mineral supplements don't protect you from heart disease.

'However, in general terms, those otherwise healthy may do better overall to concentrate on consuming a healthy diet rich in vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grain and fruit than to spend money on supplements.

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