Calcium Supplements: Can Self-Prescribing Do More Harm Than Good? by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD

Calcium Supplements: Can Self-Prescribing Do More Harm Than Good?

Calcium keeps our bones and teeth strong and supports a healthy blood pressure. Women, in particular, need sufficient calcium to prevent osteoporosis, especially after menopause. Because of its health benefits, calcium is one of the most popular supplements in the U.S. Despite its popularity, many reputable sources, including Harvard Medical School, recommend that you get the majority of your calcium from food. 

The calcium that many of us receive from supplements may cause negative health effects, such as heart attack and vascular calcification. There are plenty of calcium-rich foods such as:

  • spinach
  • oranges
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • salmon
  • yogurt 
  • tofu

If you are already taking calcium supplements, consult your doctor before you stop taking them.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Vitamin D: Do You Get Enough of This Powerhouse Vitamin? Read This!

I Need More Vitamin C Than the Recommended Amounts: Here's the Surprising Reason Why!

Not All Calcium is Created Equal: A Doctor Explains Why!

start discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Signs of a Heart Attack: Symptoms of a Heart Attack You Need to Watch For

#OnePillCanKill: An Important Public Safety Alert About Fake Prescriptions & Fentanyl From the DEA

Participate In Intense Sports or Exercise? 5 Hydration Guidelines You Need to Know

Health Benefits of Having a Pet: 5 Ways Dogs (and Cats!) Make You Happier & Healthier

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for and get the best of our tips each week!