calcium

Many options to ease leg cramps

At least 30% of all pregnant women get painful muscle cramps in their legs, particularly during the third trimester and most often at night. Researchers at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences conducted a study to compare the effects of different vitamin...

Teens: cut osteoporosis risk now!

New research suggests that a woman’s efforts to prevent osteoporosis should actually start before puberty. In the first trial to track calcium’s effects on bone density in girls eight to 13 years old for as long as seven years, researchers at the Ohio State University...

Start on calcium young: studies

For women, adolescence is a critical time for building bone mass. In fact, some researchers believe osteoporosis may be prevented or delayed by maximizing bone mass during adolescence. At Ramam Medical Center in Israel, a study found calcium supplementation during the...

Older women need calcium and D

Deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D are common in older individuals, particularly those who live in nursing homes. These deficiencies increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Recent studies show supplementation can decrease this risk and provide...

Calcium with D for better bones

Many Canadians lack sufficient vitamin D, partly because of our long, dark winters — a fact that has many experts concerned, since the body needs both calcium and vitamin D for optimum bone health. While calcium, available from milk products, beans and green leafy...

Calcium: Study suggests lower risk of colon cancer

Taking calcium supplements is associated with a decreased risk of advanced colon polyps, according to a new study. Although high calcium intake has been shown to inhibit colon cancer in animal experiments, these effects have not been seen consistently in human...

Anticancer Team: Calcium and D work together to reduce cancer risk

The nutrients calcium and vitamin D work in tandem, not separately, to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The research builds on an earlier finding that people who take calcium supplements...

Calcium for Weight Loss? Research shows high intake ups fat burning

Researchers at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center report that calcium may help control body weight, confirming findings from other studies. The report is the first study in humans to demonstrate a link between calcium intake and body weight. Edward...

Boost Calcium Absorption: Vitamin D an important counterpart

Not only is it important to get enough calcium in the diet, but vitamin D levels in the body are essential to regulate the absorption of that calcium. New research demonstrates that supplements of vitamin D can increase calcium absorption by up to 65%, even when the...

Calcium lowers lead levels in pregnant & nursing women

Women taking a calcium supplement could reduce the amount of lead passed to their fetus or nursing baby, according to a new study. Researchers found that lead levels in the blood were reduced by 16% in those women taking a calcium supplement. The research stems from a...

Calcium plus exercise for top bones

According to researchers at the University of Arizona, exercise combined with calcium citrate supplementation provides a significant improvement in bone mineral density (BMD) for postmenopausal women. Building BMD is important in avoiding osteoporosis, the gradual...