Calcium supplementation may lead to longer lifespans in women, according to new research in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of
Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
The study, led by McGill University, Montreal, researchers will appear in the journal’s July 2013 issue.
The longitudinal cohort study linked supplementation of up to 1,000mg daily to lower risk of death. Researchers pulled data from the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos), analyzing information from more than 9,000 Canadians.
“Higher amounts of calcium were potentially linked to longer lifespans in women, regardless of the source of the calcium,” said the study’s lead author, David Goltzman, M.D., in a statement. “That is, the same benefits were seen when the calcium came from dairy foods, non-dairy foods or supplements.”
The study is a beneficial one for the dietary supplement industry and calcium manufacturers, as the mineral has come under scrutiny in recent studies. However, calcium is essential to the human body and offers countless benefits.