Build Strong, Healthy Bones -- It's Never Too Early to Start!

Recent studies show that high doses of supplemental calcium - 1,200 milligrams or more daily -- can clog arteries and raise your heart disease risk 30 percent. Instead, try these smart and safe ways to keep your bones break-resistant (11 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Jul 31, 2012 at 4:47PM

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Build Strong, Healthy Bones -- It's Never Too Early to Start!

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Supplement Smartly

Calcium supplements can protect your bones without raising your risk of heart disease as long as you follow a few simple safety rules. First, limit yourself to 600 to 700 milligrams daily -- that’s the dose that builds bone strength, without damaging the lining of arteries, say Swedish researchers. Also, always pair calcium pills with food so they’ll be absorbed at a slow, steady rate. “The artery damage occurs when calcium levels in the blood suddenly spike -- and that’s a common occurrence when people take high doses of calcium on an empty stomach,” explains Ian Reid, M.D., a professor of medicine and endocrinology at the University of Auckland.

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