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Magnesium is The Key to Healthy and Strong Bones NOT Calcium, Studies Say

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Calcium-rich foods are common in our diets, as they are an effective way to support the health of our bones. However, one study suggests that the true key to strong and healthy bones lies in broccoli, spinach, basil, sesame and sunflower seeds!

Namely, researchers have found a link between high calcium levels and the increased risk of heart attacks, especially in women.

NOF reported that calcium supplements are not a good substitute for the naturally-occurring calcium in foods, and the excessive intake of calcium can lead to health issues, such as kidney stones.

Most supplements contain calcium carbonate that is difficult for the body to absorb if it lacks citric acid as a chelating agent.

The findings of a 2007 study revealed that calcium in foods is much better for the health of the bones in menopausal women than the one found in supplements.

On the other hand, the findings of a study conducted at the Baylor College of Medicine, which analyzed the absorption and consumption of magnesium in children, showed that the consumption of absorption of calcium do not affect bone density and mineral content in bones, in contrary to magnesium, whose link to the health of the bones was confirmed.

Researchers claim that magnesium is vital for bone mineral accretion in children, and it is even more important than calcium.  They advise parents to make sure that magnesium levels in the bodies of their children are optimized.

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