Vitamin D vs Calcium Intake

This patient was telling me that she drinks a glass of milk every day and that the calcium in her milk was enough to help her prevent osteoporosis. I explained that I believe vitamin D is more important in preventing osteoporosis than calcium. A vitamin D deficiency trumps a calcium deficiency. The truth is that very few clients demonstrate a calcium deficiency.  American women are among the biggest consumers of calcium in the world, and they still have one of the highest levels of osteoporosis in the world. And eating even more dairy products and calcium supplements is not going to change that fact.

Vitamin D levels need to be at least 50-60. This is more effective than taking calcium for preventing osteoporotic fractures.

Eating dairy does not defend against osteoporosis, weak bones, or fractures. Eat lots of green vegetables and you’ll get calcium from that. I suggest fatty fish – such as wild salmon, sardines, and mackerel are good source of vitamin D. I recommend Iso D3 from Metagenics. They make gel capsules that contain either 2000 IU or 5000 IU.

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