In my recent blog “to D or not to D” I pondered the benefits of taking vitamin D supplements. My concerns have not been allayed when I heard on the ABC Health Report (2 August 2010) that “calcium supplements have been recommended for a long time to prevent osteoporosis. Research has now suggested that they may be associated with an increased risk of heart attacks.”
It appears that taking your calcium as food (eg milk, cheese etc) is OK because the calcium gets released slowly into the body – it is taking it as a tablet with the rapid increase of calcium in the blood that ends up causing more heart attacks and strokes than saving broken bones.
I’ll definitely try to get my vitamin D via sunshine until a bit more research comes in on the risks/benefits of vitamin D.