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Are there any side effects to taking a calcium supplement?

Are there any side effects to taking a calcium supplement?

Depends: No serious side effects if taken as directed. If too much, can cause high calcium level in the blood and subsequently urine, kidney stone, low magnesium in blood, constipation, nausea...The last two symptoms can occur even at normal replacement dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Side effects of calcium supplement?

Side effects of calcium supplement?

Multiple: The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones. However, supplemental calcium can also contribute to calcification of arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Speak to your physician about how to best meet your calcium needs without increasing your risks. Natural sources of calcium are usually the safest. ...Read more

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Is the supplement shark cartilage an alternative to calcium, and are there any side effects to be aware of?

Is the supplement shark cartilage an alternative to calcium, and are there any side effects to be aware of?

Shark - toxins.: There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. Best not to eat it at all. ...Read more

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Side effect of calcium supplement?

Side effect of calcium supplement?

Usually none: Most people can regulate calcium absorption so as to fit their skeletal needs. There are others who develop excessive absorption with consequent increase in urine calcium creating a risk for kidney stones. This is particularly true if you take more than 800 units of vitamin d per day. ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could taking a calcium supplement reduce anxiety?

Expert opinion please: could taking a calcium supplement reduce anxiety?

Unlikely : Calcium as a mineral causes an increase in muscle tone and in excess can contribute to muscle spasm, headaches, and heartburn. Not a recipe for relaxation. ...Read more

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I have osteoarthritis in my knees and shoulder. Should I be taking a calcium supplement?

No: You don't need to take extra calcium if you have osteoarthritis of the joints. If ,however, there is some indication that you have some osteoporosis then calcium may be needed. The two conditions are completely different. There is some information that suggests glucosamine sulfate might be helpful (but this perspective is not shared by everybody ) . Your pharmacist can give you more information ...Read more