Calcium supplements may not be the answer to bone health

Broccoli is a good, natural source of calcium
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Researchers from the University of Auckland believe taking calcium supplements may cause your arteries to harden, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  In a study published in the British Medical Journal, they conclude that the widely recognized recommendation to take calcium to prevent osteoporosis should be reassessed.

Women really have been getting the run around lately.  If you didn't get confused enough about hormone replacement therapy and whether it was beneficial or would give you cancer, now you have to wade through the risks of calcium supplements, osteoporosis, and heart risk.

What is a health-minded woman who wants to remain active and strong to do?

Here's one bright spot: you can increase your calcium intake without supplements.  All that is required is a balanced, nutrient rich diet.  The CDC recommends women between the ages of 31 and 50 get 1000 mg of calcium daily.  Older women should strive for 1200 mg daily.

So what should you eat?  You probably already know you can get calcium from milk, yogurt, and cheese, but there are other good sources of calcium as well.  Lots of dark green vegetables, including broccoli, kale, spinach, and mustard greens are good sources of calcium.  Almonds, salmon, rhubarb, oatmeal, and bread are good sources as well.

You'll never regret striving to follow a diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy.

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