In the latest research conducted by the Pediatric academic societies from USA was concluded that magnesium and NOT calcium is the key to healthy bones among adolescence. Calcium is still important for sound bones but number one mineral for solid bone tissue is the magnesium.

Let’s take a look at consequences from the calcium supplementation. It is well known in our society that for solid teeth and bones you need to take calcium supplements.

But in a study from 2004 it was said that the danger of heart attack is 17 times bigger at people with excess calcium in the coronary artery in comparison with those who had lower level of calcium in their blood vessels.

So the calcium build up is a potential reason for some heart diseases.

Another study from 2007 conducted among postmenopausal women demonstrated that for healthy bones you should always choose dietary sources rather than supplementing calcium.

The intake of calcium as a supplement can result in bigger number of heart attacks at the same group of women. This was discovered in 2008 in a study from the BMJ.

Also, in 2010 in a study from BMJ it was clear that the calcium as a supplement without any support from vitamin D can increase the risk of heart attacks.

People, who take enough calcium from their food, don’t need to consume any calcium supplements but still they need vitamin D as a supplement. Too much calcium can lead to some health issues, especially kidney stones as it was stated by the national osteoporosis foundation.

Calcium supplements don’t have the same metabolic effects in our bodies like the calcium we get from the food. Calcium supplements on our market are consisted of calcium carbonate which isn’t adequate one for preventing osteoporotic fractures.

These supplements are often boosted with some extract from a citrus in order to make them more absorbable but instead they get second rated supplements. It is better to take calcium orotate which can easily enter the cells.

It is also a great myth that the milk and cheese and other pasteurized dairy products help in raising the calcium level. In contrary they are causing osteoporosis. In the process of preparation, only the calcium carbonate from the dairy products remains and it is incapable to enter the layers of the cells by its own and needs some chelating agent.

So, what does your body need in order to keep the bones in a healthy and strong condition?

Magnesium is the key mineral for maintaining the bones in good health among young people and children, especially dietary magnesium. Parents should be sure that their children consume food rich in calcium and magnesium as well other nutrients for vital bones.

Adults or elderly people can drastically decrease the risk of osteoporotic fractures if they take only 100 milligrams of magnesium every day.

Magnesium supplementation

You can find magnesium in different structures like magnesium chloride, magnesium oxide and chelated magnesium from 250 to 500 mg. The recommended daily intake of magnesium is 400 mg.

You can take it between meals or on an empty stomach and in a proportion with calcium it should be 1:2, it means 400 mg of magnesium to 800mg of calcium.

You can also get magnesium through dieting. Consume dark green leafy veggies, seeds, cacao, and nuts and supply your body with enough magnesium.

You can also get it from your skin by taking a bath with magnesium sulfate known as Epsom salts.