Calcium and Vitamin D
Reduce the Risk of Bone Fractures
Part 1: The Synergistic Benefits of Calcium and Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin whose major function is to maintain blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, so bones and teeth can stay strong. According to research at the Mayo Clinic, vitamin D helps decrease the risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.
Calcium is dependent on vitamin D for absorption in the body. Without enough vitamin D, the body cannot produce enough of the hormone calcitriol. Without enough calcitriol to aid with absorption of calcium, the body will obtain calcium from its stores in the skeleton, which can, in turn, weaken the bone structure.
A large medical study of nearly 70,000 patients from throughout the United States and Europe found that taking both calcium and vitamin D supplements on a daily basis reduces the risk of bone fractures, for both men and women, young and old. “What is important about this very large study is that goes a long way toward resolving conflicting evidence about the role of vitamin D, either alone or in combination with calcium, in reducing fractures,” said Professor John Robbins, co-author of the journal article. This study concludes that combined calcium and vitamin D is more effective in reducing calcium loss than taking either calcium supplements or vitamin D alone.
The amount of calcium you need to stay healthy changes over your lifetime, from 200 milligrams for a infant, to 1000 milligrams for anyone over 50. The amount of Vitamin D you need depends on several factors. Vitamin D is converted with sunlight in the skin, but as we age, that conversion process becomes less efficient, and also the use of sunscreens mitigate this process as well. Most experts recommend 800 IU’s of Vitamin D daily. I recommend Forever Living Products, “Forever Calcium”, which provides both calcium and vitamin D, in the dosage of 3 to 4 tablets per day.
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