We’ve long been told that calcium is what makes our bones strong. But what if science says that isn’t the case?
In fact, more and more studies are showing calcium is a culprit in many cases of inflammation.
A recent 12-year study of 78,000 nurses actually found that the more cow’s milk consumed, the greater incidence of fractures experienced.
Similarly, The China Study notes that in countries where milk consumption is least, fractures also result at the lowest rates.
Of particular concern is what happens when calcium ends up somewhere other than our bones, a problem which can result in:
- arthritis and gout
- intracranial calcification
- liver and kidney stones
In particular, scientists are realizing what is more important in determining how your body uses calcium is your magnesium consumption, as it is in the absence of appropriate magnesium that calcium is more likely to be malabsorbed, resulting in the inappropriate deposits that lead to the problems listed above.
As Dr Carolyn Dean explains in her book, The Magnesium Miracle, the dietary ratio of calcium-magnesium should be 1:1. Unfortunately for many of us that ratio is closer to 10:1.
And just as calcium can be linked to many forms of inflammation, magnesium can be linked to reductions in those inflammations, as it’s a proven anti-inflammatory.