Not too long ago some research from Europe showed that dietary calcium could inhibit the absorption of dietary fat in the intestine. The amount of fat excreted was statistically significant.
But the question remains, can supplementing with calcium really make that big of a difference? Well, I wish I could say it would. But the bottom line is that taking in a bunch of calcium is most likely NOT going to have a significant impact on your body fat levels. And it’s probably not a good idea to block fat absorption.
Because fat is absolutely necessary for the production of hormones that accelerate fat loss.Even worse, please consider the following risks of excess calcium supplementation:
- Reduced iron absorption. The human body is a very complex organism. If you do X there will always be effect Y. And calcium is NO exception here. Take too much calcium and you’ll impair the absorption of iron. And iron is critical for bringing oxygen to all your tissues.
- More calcium loss. Well, if you take antacids they have certain minerals which can actually cause a net calcium loss. So the next time you pop some of those tablets thinking they’ll help out with calcium levels, think again.
- Painful stones. Kidney stones are not fun by any stretch of the imagination. And if you have a history here, then calcium supplementation should be done under the supervision of a qualified doctor.
- Overdose of vitamin D. Vitamin D is the new kid on the block. Everyone under the sun is recommending high intakes of Vitamin D, even Harvard University researchers. HOWEVER, too much of anything is bad for you. If you already have a high amount of Vitamin D in your diet, taking a calcium supplement which is usually fortified with Vitamin D could put you over the top.
Supplements do have their place in any prudent and effective fat loss plan. However, keep in mind that optimal nutrition is NOT accomplished by merely putting a vitamin or mineral into your body. The best approach here is to get nutrients from natural sources.