In seaerch of spicy food
- Aug 8, 2009
(I am not pushing a particular brand of anything, just was interested in the herbs and supplements that prevent artery problems)
People on prescription blood thinners such as warfarin(Coumadin) should not take vitamin K2 without consulting their doctor as it thickens the blood.Oral anticoagulant medications such as Warfarin or Coumadin, etc., which are the most commonly used anticoagulants, are vitamin K antagonists. Vitamin K may lessen the concentration of the anticoagulants.
The Dangers of Too Much Calcium
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends women over 50 years old take 1,200 milligrams of calcium daily. But considering that you only excrete as little as 100 milligrams for day, this recommendations seem outrageous.
The truth is that taking any calcium in excess or isolation – without nutrients like vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin K2 to help keep your body in balance – can have adverse effects on your health.
If you ingest a biologically foreign type of calcium (limestone, bone meal, hydroxylapatite, or egg shell) or if your body does not put calcium in the right places, this nutrient may form calcium deposits that can lead to health problems like:
Some studies also reveal that having a higher bone density because of calcium supplementation can increase your risk of malignant breast cancer by up to 300 percent or more.
- Cellulite and scar tissue
- Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
- Dental plaque and gum disease
- Obesity and diabetes
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Gallstones, colon cancer, and Crohn’s disease
- Kidney stones
- Ovarian cysts
- Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration
- Bone spurs, stiff joints, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and bone cancer
Calcium deposits can also cause arterial plaque. Calcium deposits are similar to concrete that harden your arteries and impair their ability to expand. “It is calcium — not cholesterol — that induces arterial stiffness and makes the plaque less stable and more prone to chipping off and subsequently inducing a life-threatening clot,” explains Dr. Mercola.
Two meta-analyses of available research also reveal that heart attacks may be caused by supplemental calcium from foreign sources.
The first analysis involved over 8,000 people and showed that taking 500 milligrams or more of an inorganic calcium supplement may increase your risk of heart attack by 27 percent. (link)
The second analysis showed that elemental calcium, even when co-administered with vitamin D (a nutrient that helps you absorb and use calcium), still increased heart attack risk by 24 percent. (link) This analysis was more disturbing because it showed that calcium supplementation, in addition to vitamin D, increased the composite risk of heart attack and stroke by 15 percent.
“Only because something can increase your bone density: eating what amounts to chalk or pulverized bone meal, or worse, chemicals like the drugs Fosamax and Evista, does not mean this will translate into improved health for your bones, or any of your other organ systems,” Dr. Mercola warns.