Magnesium Is Crucial For Healthy Bones – Not Calcium!

For developing and maintaining strong and healthy bones your body requires a lot of various minerals. The calcium is only one of these minerals and not the only one and most important one as we thought so far.

Furthermore, according to the PAS or Pediatric Academic Societies, the consumption of magnesium during the adolescence is more effective for the strength of the bones and not the calcium.


For a long time it was believed that calcium is the key element when it comes to bones and it was insisted on the use of calcium for treatment of weak and fragile bones. It`s only a myth, old as time, that calcium supplementation is great for creating solid bones and strong teeth.

Let`s see how effective calcium supplementation really is.

Numerous researches demonstrate the efficiency of the calcium and how it affects your body.

A research in 2004 showed that people who have elevated calcium levels in the coronary artery are more exposed to the risk of having heart attacks than people with lower calcium levels.  Scientists believe that the 2 main reasons for heart attacks are high calcium buildups and high LDL levels in the blood.

In 2007 it was shown by a research conducted, that during the menopause, the calcium introduced in the body from food is better for the strength of the bones that the calcium from supplements.

In 2008 it was discovered that calcium supplements are responsible for great number of heart attacks in postmenopausal women.

In 2010 analysis showed that taking calcium supplements without taking vitamin D elevates the risk level of having heart attacks.

Getting high dosage of calcium from supplements without vitamin D can cause not only heart attack but also kidney stones and other health disorders. According to the NOF or National Osteoporosis Foundation the best way of getting the calcium in the body is through the food. If you get the needed dosage from the food than you should not take calcium supplements because of the health problems that too much calcium can cause. However, in both of the cases you must take vitamin D.

The research conducted by Professor Sabine Rohrmann from the Foundation of social and preventive medicine at the University of Zurich shows that calcium supplements, since are not natural, don’t reproduce the same effects as the calcium in the food. Until now it was believed that the calcium supplements are natural, safe and effective way for strengthening the bones and therefor preventing fractures caused by osteoporosis. This theory was embraced by the people and the doctors too.

Many of the calcium supplements sold today contain calcium carbonate which is secondary type of calcium so the final product is second rate. For the calcium carbonate to be absorbed in the cells it needs chelating agent so the producers of these supplements mostly add citrus extract to achieve this effect.  In some supplements, in order to increase their bioavailability, the producers add calcium orotate that way making the supplements more easily absorbable in the cells.

Other false believe or myth is spread by the dairy industry i.e. that consuming pasteurized dairy products like milk and cheese can increase the calcium levels in the body. This is just another lie because during the process of purification of these products it`s created the secondary type of calcium that is the calcium carbonate which, in order to enter the cells and to be absorbed by them, it needs chelating agent.

The body forces the calcium from the bones and tissues in order to reduce the effects of the calcium carbonate present in the blood. This is what causes osteoporosis.

Increasing the awareness for the benefits of taking magnesium

Another research conducted by Professor Steven Abrams from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston shows that actually the consumption of magnesium in the youth is the key element for the thickness of the bones and for the accumulation of bone mineral substance. When it comes to these two indicators calcium admission didn’t show results.

Children need various nutrients so they can develop healthy and to have strong bones. One of these nutrients is the magnesium. In the process of development children need both calcium and magnesium. Consumption of dietary magnesium is very important for the bone mineral accumulation in children.

So far parents were advised to provide decent consumption of calcium so the children would have strong and solid bones but they were not encouraged to provide consumption of minerals, like magnesium, which are essential for the health of the bones.

Abrams believes that very soon the situation will change and that people will be encouraged to take magnesium also.

Both man and women who take magnesium show higher BMD – bone mineral density.  It`s believed that taking 100 mg. a day increases the bone mineral density for 2 %.

Even small changes in the BMD may have big effect.  According to Dr. Kathryn M. Ryder of the University of Tennessee, fractures due to osteoporosis are big problems for older people and it can be result of low bone mineral density, so increasing the BMD is very important in order to eliminate this problem.

Magnesium supplements

Until now the ideal proportion of consumption of calcium and magnesium was considered 1:1 but it may vary from 1:1 to 2:1 (1000mg calcium – 500 mg magnesium). Today’s dietary plans provide 10 times higher consumption of calcium than magnesium.

Magnesium can be found in different forms. Magnesium chloride and magnesium oxide are good supplements because they are chelated magnesium.

A part from the food and supplements you can also get magnesium in your body through the skin. For this you can use Epsom salt because it`s magnesium sulfate. By adding Epsom salt in your bath your body will absorb the magnesium through the skin and it will help with the magnesium accumulation in the body.

You can also use combined calcium-magnesium supplements.

The RDA or Recommended Daily Allowance for magnesium is 350-400 mg daily but sometimes the body needs even twice as much of the recommended dosage.

Only 1 % of the magnesium is in the blood. If the level drops the body will take the magnesium from the tissues and bones. Because of the way the body functions i.e. it replaces the level of magnesium in the blood by getting it from other parts you will never get a real picture of the levels of the magnesium in the blood and it will seem normal when is actually lower than it should be.

The best way to get magnesium in the body is always from the food. Magnesium can be found in vegetables, in the green leafy ones, cacao, different seeds and any kind of nuts which are considered to be the best source of magnesium.

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