Is Calcium Clogging Your Arteries? Nine Surprising Ways to Undo the Damage

Most of us don’t associate calcium with heart health. But according to Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, calcium can have a surprisingly dangerous impact on your arteries.

Let vitamin D work for you—but first divorce it from calcium. First, it is very important that you not consume vitamin D with calcium, because vitamin D increases calcium absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. However, when taken on its own, vitamin D plays an important role in regulating calcium metabolism and is essential to total-body health. It can play a beneficial role in bone health, autoimmune diseases, immune function, cancer regulation, asthma, and yes, heart disease.

“In a study of 1,006 adults over more than six years, those in the highest quartile of vitamin D levels had a significantly decreased all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality compared to individuals in the lowest quartile of vitamin D levels,” Dr. Levy asserts. “Other researchers have also come to similar conclusions in large, long-term studies.”

Sweat it out. Believe it or not, inducing a good sweat on a regular basis can eliminate a substantial amount of calcium from your body over time. Even if you’re not a world-class endurance athlete (and let’s face it, most of us aren’t and never will be), every little bit helps. Plus, regular exercise also promotes a host of other health benefits.

“Spending some time in the sauna is also an excellent way to sweat out much of your excess calcium, as well as other toxins (like toxic metals) that may have accumulated over the years,” Dr. Levy shares. “If your budget allows, one of the best things you can do for your general health is to purchase and use an infrared sauna in your home. Just be sure to clear its use with your healthcare practitioner, as some individuals might not tolerate the stress of the heat and loss of fluids well.”

Get some help from hormones. Deficiencies of estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid hormone have all separately been shown to be associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition featuring multiple significant coronary artery disease risk factors.

“Testing for a deficiency, and treating it if it’s present, can improve your cardiac health, bone health, and general health,” Dr. Levy confirms. “For optimal results, talk to a healthcare practitioner experienced in hormone replacement therapy. Ideally, hormone replacement therapy should not be aggressive or highly dosed, but approached slowly with low doses.”

“There is a clear—and clearly dangerous—relationship between calcium and heart disease,” concludes Dr. Levy. “No matter your age, lifestyle, or history of heart disease, it is in your best interest to limit your intake of calcium and reduce the impact it may be having on your coronary health.

“Before starting any new medical protocol, though, please consult with your physician to make sure the treatment and—if applicable—dosage is right for you,” he adds. “And while addressing calcium levels is an important part of fighting heart disease, remember that this is not the only factor in getting and staying heart healthy.”

About the Author:

Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, is the author of Death by Calcium: Proof of the Toxic Effects of Dairy and Calcium Supplements. He is a board-certified cardiologist and is also the author of Primal Panacea and Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins; plus three other groundbreaking medical books. He is one of the world’s leading vitamin C experts and frequently lectures to medical professionals all over the globe about the proper role of vitamin C and antioxidants in the treatment of a host of medical conditions and diseases.

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