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ORANGE, Calif. — Without magnesium, calcium supplements increase risk of heart attacks, according to a meta-analysis recently conducted by Carolyn Dean, medical director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.
"If we consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, the excess calcium is not utilized correctly and may actually become toxic, causing painful conditions, such as some forms of arthritis, kidney stones, osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries leading to heart attack and cardiovascular disease," Dean said.
There needs to be about a 2:1 ration of magnesium to calcium in order for calcium to be effectively absorbed into the body, Dean claimed, making magnesium supplementation more important than calcium in order to maintain both healthy bones and healthy hearts.
The meta-analysis, published in the British Medical Journal, was based on the results of five clinical trials conducted in the United States, Great Britain and New Zealand that involved more than 8,000 people.