Warning on Calcium (and Excessive Supplementation in General)

Hey y'all,

Finishing up medical school here. I've always read how people take calcium supplements. I've taken them. But yesterday, I was reading in a textbook that calcium supplementation can lead to an increased risk of coronary artery disease due to increased arterial calcification and coronary artery narrowing/stiffening. And it makes complete sense--it's exactly what you would think it would do. You increase your daily calcium intake, it circulates through the arterial system and deposits in the arterial walls, before being excreted by the kidneys.

Honestly I've always been a huge proponent of nootropics and supplements. But the more I get through med school the more I realize that taking supplements, other than something like a multivitamin, is actually very bad. It causes soooo many different problems down the line that you don't even realize. For example, high dose vitamin D can cause a TON of problems. High dose vitamin C can literally cause kidney stones. These are just a few examples of MANY. I've seen people in the emergency department (and admitted to the hospital) from taking supplements on many (not just one or two) occasions. I literally cringe now when I see posts of people taking like 10 different vitamins. You don't realize what secondary and tertiary problems you are creating. And a lot of these things are pretty hepatotoxic.

I've turned to the darkside. Needed to get that off my chest.

Edit #1: Just get into juicing instead of supplements. Much more fun and better way to get your nutrients

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