Vitamin and mineral supplements can be great and are often highly recommended by doctors as well as those of us focused on alternative health.
But sometimes supplements can do more harm than good. That is the case with one of the most commonly recommended supplements on the market.
In fact, according to a new study, it can double your risk of dementia!
But only if you have a specific, pre-existing condition.
A Swedish research team from the University of Gothenburg recruited 700 dementia-free women between the ages of 70 and 92 in 2001. Of these, 98 had been taking calcium supplements.
At the beginning of the study in 2001, and again at the end in 2006, they were subjected to comprehensive physical and neuropsychiatric examinations.
By the end of the study, 14.3 percent of the supplement takers had developed dementia, compared to only 7.5 percent of non-takers.
Alarmingly, this seems to suggest that calcium supplements could double your risk of developing dementia.
However, when they analyzed their data further, they realized this applied only to women who had previously had a stroke, and to women who had some other cerebrovascular disease.
So, instead of grabbing for supplements, you can increase your calcium intake by consuming calcium-rich food and beverages.
Together with these foods, make sure that you have a good supply of vitamin D, as your body needs it to absorb the calcium you eat.