Calcium supplements could increase risk of heart disease

Posted 19 October 2016

Calcium supplements could increase risk of heart disease, new study finds

By Andrea K. McDaniels October 17 2016

Washington Post

Calcium supplements that many women take to boost bone health increase their risk for heart disease, a new study has found.

The results show that calcium supplements make people more prone to plaque buildup in arteries, which contributes to the risk of a heart attack. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, is the latest salvo in a nearly decade-long debate about whether the supplements do more harm than good.

The researchers said their findings give patients reason to use caution when taking the supplements. It is better to get calcium from food such as dairy products, leafy green vegetables and fortified cereal and juices, they said.

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Vitaforce Plus Range – ASA ruling

Posted 23 March 2012

A consumer complaint was laid against Pharma Natura’s promotion of its Omega Plus, Magnesium Plus, Spirulina Plus and Calcium Plus capsules that fall within its “Plus Range”. The advertisement, inter alia, contains a table setting out the following product-related information:

• “Magnesium Plus Tabs 30” “Supports the nervous system and keeps muscles relaxed”
• “Calcium Plus 650mg Tabs 60” “Optimal bone development and strength”
• “Omega Plus Caps 30” “Promotes cardiovascular health”
• “Spirulina Plus Tabs 90” “Helps promote energy and vitality”

But no proof that these claims are true was forthcoming.

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