Supplement Side Effects
Increasingly, research shows that you’re better off getting your nutrients from food than from a pill or capsule—and that those supplements may even cause harm. Calcium is the latest case in point: Of 2,742 adults who completed diet questionnaires and had heart scans done 10 years apart, participants who got more than 1,400 milligrams of calcium daily from food and/or supplements were 20 percent less likely to develop heart disease than those who got less than 400 milligrams a day. But the participants who used calcium supplements were 22 percent more likely than those who didn’t to show early signs of heart disease. While this does not prove cause and effect, it’s a good idea to reach for food sources of calcium. Among those richest in the mineral are milk, sardines, broccoli, and kale. Eat up for healthy bones and teeth.
Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, published online Oct. 11, 2016