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Special Reports June 2017 Issue

Food Is Smartest Calcium Source

Expert panel says food is the preferred source of calcium, but supplements can be used to help meet needs without harming your heart.

You shouldn't have to choose between the health of your heart and your bones. Yet, news headlines sparked by studies over the past decade have resulted in a lot of confusion about possible ties between getting too much calcium and an increased risk of heart attack. A new analysis in which scientists considered the evidence as a whole, however, provides reassurance: You can safely meet your calcium needs without putting your heart at risk.

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