What do PMS, colon cancer, high blood pressure and osteoporosis have in common?
A secret enemy: calcium. Women have heard for years that adequate calcium intake-from
food or supplements-helps protect bones and delays osteoporosis, although it
can't do this on its own. Recent research shows that calcium's value extends
to many other functions as well.
One study showed that women who took 1,200 mg of calcium per day had far fewer
PMS symptoms than those who didn't. Is PMS a signal to women that they're not
getting enough calcium? In other studies, teenagers with high blood pressure
saw big reductions after taking 1500 mg of calcium per day, the equivalent of
5 glasses of skim milk. 2 other studies have shown that improved calcium intake
can reduce the growth of precancerous colon polyps.
The more we learn about calcium, the more benefits we discover. Calcium can
aid digestion, improve wound healing and blood clotting, and reduce muscle cramps.
Most women must take calcium supplements to meet their recommended daily allowances.
Choosing which calcium and how much to take can be confusing. For more information,
Created: 9/26/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.