Since childhood, many of us have been taught that strong bones were made from an abundance of calcium. Calcium commercials involving celebrities with a milk mustache were all the rage over the past decade or two. However, new studies have shown that calcium may not be affecting our bones as much as we may have previously thought. A recent study published in BMJ has shown that the recommended amount of calcium per day (1,000 – 1,200 mg) does not have an incredibly significant affect on our bones. In fact, the study conducted showed that the only viable change in the bones occurred within a 1 to 2 percent increase.
The study conducted involved a test group of men and women over the age of 50. The group was given the recommended daily allowance of calcium over the course of 5 years. In the course of the 5 years, the change in the bone density of the men and women was practically abysmal. The 1 to 2 percent change found in the bones did not conclude that calcium has any major effect on us. The cause for confusion in information might have to do with the fact that studies conducted previously only included test subjects with bone density deficiencies. Due to these deficiencies, any slight increase in bone density from the calcium would be considered successful.
So if you’ve been depending single-handedly on calcium to keep your bones and teeth healthy, then you have been missing out big time! It’s time to add some more vitamins and supplements into your daily diet.