Overdosing on calcium with supplements can double the risk of dying from cancer, a large US study claims.
A study just published in the scientific journal Annals of Internal Medicine has shocked the world when it claims that calcium and vitamin D supplements can cause premature death from cancer and other dangerous diseases if abused or taken. when the body is not really lacking these substances.
Vitamin D is also considered. The researchers found that if you were not deficient in vitamin D and still taking the supplement, there was an increased risk of premature death from all causes, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Meanwhile, adequate intake of vitamins A, K, magnesium and zinc reduces the risk of premature death.
27,000 people were followed over the course of 12 years. In the group that took a daily calcium supplement with levels above 1,000 mg per day, the rate of cancer death was 24/1,000 people, while those who did not take the supplement had only 12/1,000 people. Thus, the risk of dying from cancer doubled in the group that supplemented with more than 1,000 mg of calcium per day.
According to Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, from Tufts University, lead author of the study, his team also found that many nutrients that promote benefits when supplemented with food sugar do not show any benefit at all. when supplemented with oral medications. In addition, dietary supplements are safer because while calcium tablets have been associated with an ominous association with cancer, eating calcium-rich foods does not pose the same risk.
The results are startling to many people, because calcium-vitamin D tablets are extremely popular in many countries. According to The Telegraph, statistics in the UK show that up to 5 million people are taking daily supplements.