Calcium supplement increases risk of heart disease by 27%–31% – Meta-analysis

A meta-analysis (high level of evidence) of trials of calcium supplements found a 27%–31% increase in risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack), and a 12%–20% increase in risk of stroke. These findings are based on randomized, placebo-controlled trials and are consistent across the trials. Taken together with vitamin D does not lessen these adverse effects.

The analysis also found no benefit in osteoporosis prevention.

However, food and whole herbs are consistently found to be protective, together with lifestyle changes such as resistance exercise and stress management.

This should dispel the myth that we need to take any synthetic calcium supplement and high calcium food such as cow’s milk.


Reid, I.R. (2013) Cardiovascular Effects of Calcium Supplements. Nutrients,5, 2522-2529,doi:10.3390/nu5072522

About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases.
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