Doctor Oz discussed if calcium supplements are safe or if calcium supplements can actually cause heart attacks. Dr Oz’s segment was called “The Pulse” where Dr. Donnica Moore, an ObGyn, Dr. Janet Taylor, a psychiatrist and Dr. Corey Hebert, a pediatrician, all discussed different medical issues people are facing.
Dr Oz said there was a study done that showed that older women who took 500 mg of calcium or more a day had an increased risk of heart attacks. If you have calcium deposits that build up in your system, they can actually cut off the blood supply to your heart and cause a heart attack. However, this study was something called a medi-analysis where they looked at 8 other studies to draw their conclusions. Also, this study was flawed because it excluded women who took calcium along with vitamin D, which is the recommended way of taking calcium. Dr Oz said that it is important that if you take calcium, you should take the following calcium cocktail:
Dr Oz’s Calcium Cocktail
- 600 mg calcium
- 400 mg magnesium
- 1000 IU vitamin D
Also, as always, it is about weighing the pros and cons. If you have a family history of osteoporosis, you should take calcium supplements. However, if you do not have a family history of these bone issues, but you do have a strong family history of heart disease, you may want to opt for skipping the calcium supplements.