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  Calcium Citrate Supplements for PMS & Osteoporosis


Women who are not getting enough calcium in their diets should take calcium supplements daily regardless of their age. Helpful for PMS, Hypertension, Osteoporosis

Many women try to combat the symptoms of PMS with over-the-counter pain remedies. But research says a natural alternative, calcium, may be the best answer.

Within three months, there was a 50 percent reductions of symptoms," said Dr. Susan Thys-Jacobs of St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital. "Symptoms such as mood swings, tension, headaches and cramping were all alleviated with calcium." Food cravings also dropped by half, and water retention decreased by more than one-third.

Researchers don't know exactly how calcium reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS, but they have discovered another calcium-PMS link. PMS may be an early warning sign for osteoporosis, the so-called brittle bone condition that affects millions of women, especially after menopause.

If dietary intake of calcium is insufficient, calcium supplements can provide special benefit to the bones at certain times in life, such as puberty or in early menopause. But at any age, calcium benefits a woman's bones as well as muscles and nerves.

A recent study conducted by the Southwestern Medical Center has confirmed that calcium citrate has an absorbtion rate 2.5 faster than calcium carbonate when both types were combined with Vitamin D and Boron.

Many women start taking calcium supplements during menopause, but calcium deficiency increasingly is being seen in younger women, says the June 2003 issue of the Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. For help with calcium absorption during menopause, MACA is a big help.

Many women start taking calcium supplements during menopause, but calcium deficiency increasingly is being seen in younger women.

The blood uses calcium for so many functions, that if there is a dietary deficiency of calcium, and therefore a decreased amount of calcium in the bloodstream, the body pulls the calcium it needs from the bones. This, in addition to the natural mineral loss, causes the bones to weaken and be dangerously susceptible to fractures, a potentially dangerous condition known as osteoporosis.

Other symptoms of calcium deficiency include muscle cramps, nervousness, increased cholesterol levels, insomnia, and numbness in the extremities. In 1994, the National Institute of Health reported that Recommended Daily Allowance, 800 mg, for calcium is too low, and that half of American adults are not getting enough calcium on a daily basis. They (NIH) recommend a dosage between 1,000 and 1,500 mg daily. Women need 1,500 mg of calcium a day, almost double the RDA. In research conducted at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, 1,000 mg a day has helped ease PMS symptoms, ie. mood swings, water retention, cramps.

Calcium in the form of calcium citrate does not require stomach hydrochloric acid for absorption. This means that it is more readily absorbed and utilized by the body and can also be taken on an empty stomach.

In a recent study at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, calcium was also found to help prevent hypertension. A diet including 900 to 1,000mg of calcium per day lowered hypertension risk by 12 percent.

In a study appearing March 20, 2002 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers at Harvard evaluated the diet and colon cancer history of 135,000 men and women in two large health surveys. They found that those who consumed 700 to 800 milligrams of calcium daily significantly reduced their risk of left-side colon cancer by 40 to 50 percent.

A University of Minnesota Cancer Center study found that women consuming more than 800 milligrams of calcium each day reduced their risk of colorectal cancer by as much as 26 to 46 percent.

A 26 percent reduction in risk of colorectal cancer occurred regardless of whether the calcium intake was from diet or supplement. Among women who consumed high levels of calcium from both diet and supplements, the risk reduction was almost double that observed for calcium from either source by itself.

Remember also that calcium prevents osteoporosis, which can result in hip fractures and broken bones. Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones that greatly increases the risk of fractures. About 10 million Americans already have osteoporosis and 18 million more are at increased risk owing to low bone mass.

Osteoporosis-related fractures are estimated to account for $13.8 billion in hospital and nursing home costs each year, and these costs are increasing. Owing to the increasing age of our population (more than 25% of Americans will be age 50 or older by 2011), the emergence of osteoporosis as a societal problem is only beginning.

The first large study to look at total calcium consumption in adolescents found that girls who consumed more calcium weighed less and had lower body fat. The findings were presented at the Experimental Biology 2003 meeting in San Diego, as part of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences program.

According to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, you should take calcium supplements with a meal -- since that's when your body's absorption is at its prime. The center also suggests you choose supplements with calcium citrate rather than brands with calcium carbonate. The former is more soluble.

Calcium supplements taken by a woman during pregnancy could have a lasting benefit for her child's blood pressure, new study findings suggest.

Researchers found that toddlers whose mothers took calcium supplements while they were pregnant had lower blood pressure than those whose moms did not.

The investigators say such calcium intake may help "program" fetal blood pressure, possibly with effects that persist into adulthood.

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