Will taking extra calcium make your bones stronger? Not really, according to new science. At the very least the effect of extra calcium on the bones is so tiny that it’s hardly worth the risk of side effects (like constipation and likely an increased risk of heart disease).
Talk to your doctor if you’re taking calcium supplements. In most cases it’s time to stop.
Here are the new studies:
- BJM Editorial: Calcium supplements do not prevent fractures
- BMJ: Calcium intake and risk of fracture: systematic review
- BMJ: Calcium intake and bone mineral density: systematic review and meta-analysis