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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?

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

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What iss generally considered better: drinking a glass of milk or taking a calcium supplement?

SUPPLEMENT: Daily calcium requirement is between 1000 - 1200 mg. A cup of milk only provides 300 mg. You can easily find calcium supplements of 400, 500 and 600 mg and taking 2 a day will help you meet your requirements. ...Read more

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Can taking a calcium supplement help heal a broken broken bone faster? If so, how much can be taken daily? And can any other vitamin/mineral help?

Can taking a calcium supplement help heal a broken broken bone faster? If so, how much can be taken daily? And can any other vitamin/mineral help?

No: Your body will get calcium from other areas to heal a fx. So while it will not directly help heal faster, it is likely a good idea in general to take calcium supplements, especially women. ...Read more

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Is it true that after age of 70+ taking calcium supplement is no longer useful ?

Is it true that after age of 70+ taking calcium supplement is no longer useful ?

Not true: Calcium with vitamin d requirement increases in the elderly. Less exposure to sunlight and low dietary intake often leads to low levels of vitamin d and less calcium available to maintain the strength of bones. This can progress to osteoporosis which is a major cause of hip joint and spinal fractures in the elderly. Hip fracture often is the terminal event for an elderly individual. ...Read more

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If I am taking IP6 with calcium magnesium phytate, should I continue my regular calcium supplement? Thank you.

If I am taking IP6 with calcium magnesium phytate, should I continue my regular calcium supplement?
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Calcium: Safe yourself from any worry or problem Calcium is readily available and inexpensive over the counter. You might also consider vitamin D once a day. ...Read more

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What type of reduction in efficacy is there in levaquin (levofloxacin) when taking with calcium supplement? I did this for the first three days of a 10 day course.

What type of reduction in efficacy is there in levaquin (levofloxacin) when taking with calcium supplement?  I did this for the first three days of a 10 day course.

% unknown: Calcium binds Levaquin (levofloxacin) thus not allowing it to be absorbed. (levaquin (levofloxacin) canadian prescribing information. Janssen-ortho inc. February 4, 2005.) if taken many hours apart, they're ok on the same day. O/w, would consider the first few days as ineffective and continue the course from day 4 as though it were day 1. ...Read more

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Do men need calcium supplement?

Do men need calcium supplement?

Depends: We do not recommend calcium supplementation for the heck of supplementing. We always prefer you to get your calcium from your food. However, in men who has osteoporosis or osteopenia, calcium supplementation + vitamin d is appropriate and recommended. ...Read more

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What is the best calcium supplement for women?

Any: Any sort of calcium supplement is fine. Citracal is a opopular brand. Viactiv is even chocolate flavored! there are many over the counter options and all are good. Also consider a multivitamin because it will also serve as a supplement for other vitamins. ...Read more

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