5 Vitamins And Minerals You Don’t Need To Be Taking

For years, women in particular have received the message that calcium supplements are crucial for healthy, strong bones. That message is flawed, says Maita. “The newest research indicates that calcium supplements may not actually get into the bone as desired, and instead can calcify arteries and soft tissues, increasing your risk of heart disease,” she says. What’s more, calcium supplements can perpetuate kidney stones in those who are susceptible, says Andrea Cox, RD, a dietitian in Portland, OR. You can get all the calcium your body needs through nondairy foods, such as green leafy veggies, salmon, sardines, white beans, almonds, and broccoli, says Maita (here’s a list of the 20 highest calcium vegan foods). Related:5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin D

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