Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A new study says that calcium supplements may be bad for the heart.
The study of more than 20,000 people between 35 and 64 finds those who regularly took calcium supplements were 86 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who did not.
Adult men and women should consume between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams of calcium daily. When it comes to dairy products, a cup of yogurt, a glass of milk and a slice of cheese will get you there.
Getting that amount of calcium from non-dairy sources would include a bowl of enriched cereal, a glass of fortified orange juice, a slice of salmon and a half of a cup of tofu.
More than 60 percent of women over 60 take calcium supplements to keep their bones strong. The researchers say there’s enough evidence now that calcium should come from food. The assumption should no longer be that supplements can’t hurt and might help.