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More Than Calcium.

If you're worried about osteoporosis and keep popping calcium pills, you may be fooling yourself. We've said this before and we'll keep saying it until women realize that calcium is not the answer to brittle bones. In fact, calcium makes bones brittle, while magnesium makes them more flexible.

Now another study, this one published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (January 2000), points out that a magnesium deficiency may contribute to osteoporosis. In addition, these researchers have found that vitamins, minerals, and fiber all contribute to keeping bones strong and less prone to breakage. Once again, while the world is looking at calcium as the "magic bullet" to prevent osteoporosis, we are suggesting balance. This means at least as much magnesium as calcium, and a diet high in fresh produce.

Remember that whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds are high in magnesium, while dairy is high in calcium. Beans and grains contain both calcium and magnesium. A well-balanced diet gives the balance of nutrients you need. Supplements that overemphasize calcium over magnesium may be working against you.

Mercola, Joseph M, DO. "Nutrients in fruits and vegetables linked to bone health," Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, April 2000.
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Date:Sep 1, 2000
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