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Beware Of Supplementary product associated with a higher risk of death

Although the popularity of supplements has increased over the past century, researchers are closely scrutinizing the tiniest dietary supplements. Many specialists contend that you should only take synthetic vitamins and minerals if you are lacking. A bone-strengthening supplement has been identified by research as one that may increase your risk of dying.


Calcium, a mineral that is regarded as being necessary, performs a number of functions in your body, including supporting healthy bone development and blood coagulation. Although you ought to be able to obtain enough of this mineral through your diet, many individuals, particularly the elderly, choose to take supplements. However, a study that was published in the journal Heart cautions that taking calcium supplements may be stressful on your health.


According to the study, using the well-known supplements was associated with a noticeably greater risk of death from all causes.


The relationship between supplementary calcium, mortality, and the development of aortic stenosis was the subject of the study.


In case you were unaware, aortic stenosis results from the narrowing of the aortic valve in your heart.


According to the Mayo Clinic, this prevents the valve from opening completely, decreasing or obstructing blood flow from your heart into your main artery and throughout the rest of your body.


Warning about supplements: Research links calcium to an increased risk of mortality. (Photo: GETTY)

The research team divided the subjects into groups according to their supplement usage while observing 2,657 patients for around 69 months.


The majority of the participants—1033—took calcium and vitamin D, whereas 332 took just vitamin D. The remaining individuals took no supplements at all.


The risk of all-cause death was discovered to be considerably higher in the calcium group.


However, no supplementation was associated with a longitudinal change in the parameters of aortic stenosis.


The investigation came to the conclusion that using calcium supplements increased the chance of death.


To be cautious when interpreting the study, Dr. Carrie Ruxton of the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) emphasized.


According to Dr. Ruxton, this most recent study published in Heart was not intended to evaluate how calcium supplements affect heart health, thus no general conclusions can be made from it.


"First off, the study used old medical records gathered for purposes unrelated to researching calcium supplements.


The NHS advises staying under 1,500mg per day because it is unlikely to "do any harm." (Photo: GETTY)

Second, because the meals and supplements were not standardized, we are unable to determine how much calcium was consumed or what other items were taken during the six-year period.


Thirdly, because observational studies are unable to provide information about cause and effect, it is hard to attribute variations in mortality to a single source.


The expert added that various calcium supplement research had yielded various outcomes.


According to a review that was published in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs, the evidence is not conclusive that increasing dietary calcium intake reduces the risk of coronary artery disease or stroke.

Vitamins are described. Express.co.uk (Image)

The NHS cautions against taking excessive amounts of calcium supplements because doing so could be "harmful" and urges caution instead.


It advises consuming 1,500 mg or fewer per day because it is unlikely to "do any harm."


You should be able to obtain all of the minerals you require from your food, the health service adds.


"In a perfect world, we would obtain all the nutrients we need from food, but that's not the case for many individuals, which is why there are supplements available," Dr. Ruxton added.

In a perfect world, we would obtain all the nutrients we require from food, but for many people, this is not the case, which is why dietary supplements continue to have a place in our diets.


Calcium supplements are safe as long as daily calcium intakes total less than 2500 mg, according to the European Food Safety Authority.


https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1651712/supplement-calcium-associated-with-higher-risk-of-death

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