NNFA Notes That Positive Effects of Calcium Overshadowed in NEJM Study

Media reports surrounding today’s New England Journal of Medicine study about the efficacy of calcium with vitamin D supplementation in many cases ignore the proven benefits of those supplements, as outlined by the study’s own researchers. The National Nutritional Foods Association points out that women who adhered to the regimen (i.e., took what the study called for), were over 60 and thus at higher risk, and who were not already taking calcium, saw a significant benefit from the calcium and vitamin D supplementation.

NNFA maintains that women who could benefit from a daily calcium and Vitamin D regimen should continue to use these products in the appropriate dosage. Taking the recommended daily dosage of a supplement regularly, and not sporadically, is essential for realizing the advantages.

The study definitively demonstrated that calcium with vitamin D did diminish bone loss at the hip, and significantly reduced the risk for hip fracture for women over 60 at higher risk.

The National Nutritional Foods Association (www.nnfa.org) is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NNFA represents more than 5,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.

Tracy Taylor

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