Updated 02 April 2013

Bone health at the risk of your heart?

The health advantages of calcium are well-known, however, choosing a safe supplement that will not compromise your heart health is important.

We should all consider taking a supplement to improve bone health, but should we sacrifice heart health in the process? Probably not! Whilst most people are aware of the importance of a calcium supplement, many products in this category are believed to accelerate vascular calcification - the depositing of calcium in the arteries - which can increase the chances of cardiovascular problems.

Calcium supplements are known to assist in the formation of strong bones, teeth and healthy gums, but the lesser known advantages of this mineral are healthy blood, improved sleep and a more regulated heartbeat. Calcium also assists in the maintenance of blood acidity balance, plays an important role in muscle growth and contraction, as well as nerve transmission ability. The regulation of body fluids, including hormones and enzymes, is also enhanced through calcium supplementation.

Whilst it is true that most people would benefit from a calcium supplement, there are specific cases where calcium supplementation is particularly recommended. These include: children to build and maintain bones; pregnant women to prevent bone loss; older men and woman to prevent osteoporosis; athletes; people who suffer from allergies and people who don't sleep well.

Considering the many benefits associated with increased calcium intake, it is worthwhile finding a source of calcium supplementation that can be safely used without the associated cardiovascular risks.

The answer lies in a calcium supplement that is available as a food form supplement. What this means is the nutritional structure and components of the supplement closely resemble the key ingredients in their natural food state. This technology - used by FoodState - uses concentrated nutrients in isolated chemical form and bonds them to their essential food elements. The result is a supplement with none of the side effects one would normally associate with non-food based vitamins.

What should you look for in a nutritional supplement?

Very few people can confidently say that they have been to their local pharmacy knowing exactly which nutritional supplement is the best for their specific needs. The range and choice is overwhelming, but it is very important to note that not all nutritional supplements are created equal. The questions you need to ask are:

  • Does the supplement deliver real results ­­­with micronutrients bonded in a genuine food complex recognised by our bodies, making them easy to absorb and use.
  • Will the supplement be easily absorbed by the body and transported for use by the body at a cellular level?
  • Using a targetted delivery approach, will the supplement work with the natural intelligence of our bodies by using protein as chaperones to ensure that micro-nutrients reach the places where they are most needed?
  • Is longer retention and better utilisation possible as a result of our body recognising the supplement as food?
  • Because the right quantity is key to effective supplementation, are the risks associated with mega doses of micronutrients addressed?

The makers of FoodState nutritional supplements can confidently answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions and claim that their range of vitamin and mineral supplements meets these requirements.

FoodState nutritional supplements are available from pharmacies and health stores. For more details on FoodState’s range of vitamin and mineral supplements visit