Sometimes people ask why certain products I’ve formulated have low levels of powdered calcium – way below the RDA (recommended daily amount – as set by the med/pharma industry).

The short answer is that I want you to get your calcium in a better, safer form.

The other issue is that calcium needs to be balanced with the proper ratio of magnesium, and other key minerals, to be utilized effectively (magnesium needs to be 1.5-2 times higher) and most people with IBD tend towards loose bowels… so they aren’t usually taking enough conventional, powdered magnesium (which also loosens the bowel) to balance the calcium.

I’ll tell you why I keep referring to these supplements as “conventional, powdered” in a minute. But first…

Normal Calcium Builds Up In Your Arteries

Normal powdered calcium can build up in your arteries and cause heart disease:

A report in the International Journal of Cardiology states that excess calcium building up in the aorta is the “main cause of hypertension in old age.”

A ten year study of artherosclerosis also pointed to concerns with conventional, powdered calcium supplements. It pointed out that it is much better/safer to get your calcium from food sources.

And when you consume food-based forms of calcium, what form is it in?

The plants pull calcium (and other minerals) from the soil and break them down into their molecular (nano-sized) or atom-sized form. These are super tiny molecules compared to the size of conventionally mined, powdered minerals. So when you get your minerals from your food, or spring water, they are atom-sized minerals which are easily absorbed and utilized.

Calcium Quarry in Greece

The great thing is, you don’t need to worry about taking too much calcium when it’s in this naturally-occurring atom-sized form.

If you get rushed to the hospital and put on intravenous fluids, you will usually be given Ringer’s Solution; which is isotonic mineral salts in pure water. This can go straight into your bloodstream as it does not require digestion to break down, or extract the minerals. So likewise, I prefer to consume my minerals in atom-sized (nano, angstrom-sized) form suspended/mixed in simple purified water – instant absorption, no digestion required.

The minerals I take myself – and recommend to my readers – are in this atom-sized form. For bone and tooth health, I take QuikPlus Bone Matrix. I have had numerous emails from readers who have used Bone Matrix to reverse diagnoses of both osteopenia and osteoporosis. One reader told us about her 90 year old mother, who had been on it for a year, then had a fall, but didn’t break anything. My own parents (aged 81 and 87 now) both take Bone Matrix.

Calcium Alone is Not Enough

Remember that calcium should always be consumed with a matrix of bone-building minerals, along with vitamin D3, and vitamin K1 & K2 – which is why I recommend people take MultiAbsorb Daily Essential as well as Bone Matrix.MultiAbsorb Daily Essential

Calcium needs a number of key minerals and nutrients in order to be utilized properly.

This is why Bone Matrix also contains:

  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Silica
  • Boron
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Calcium

*in the ideal ratio for bone and tooth formation*

You can just swish your Bone Matrix minerals around in your mouth after you’ve brushed your teeth, for a minute or two, then swallow, and directly re-mineralize your teeth. Sound interesting? Click here for details on how I formulated Bone Matrix and how to use it.

The calcium, magnesium and other minerals in this atom-sized solution is the same size and form as the calcium you would get from green leafy vegetables. Atom-sized calcium does not behave like conventional, powdered calcium supplements. If you somehow took too much of this atom-sized calcium, your body would just excrete it – the same way it would if you ate too much kale – because it is in the same form. Having adequate Vitamin K2 (which is in MultiAbsorb) also helps your body excrete excess calcium.

So this is really good news for people with osteoporosis or taking steroid drugs or other medication that puts you at risk for osteoporosis – because you can supplement at higher levels without fear of heart disease, or fear of diarrhea from the magnesium!

Weight Training to Build Bone

The other crucial element to bone growth and strengthening, is to do some kind of weight-bearing activity – beyond your normal body weight and normal activities.  As this study shows:

“To stimulate the osteogenic effects for bone mass accretion, bone tissues must be exposed to mechanical load exceeding those experienced during daily living activities.”

The Royal Osteoporosis Society has a great list of the various weight-bearing activities you can choose from – you don’t have to go to a gym and lift weights if you don’t want to. Or you can just do what I did and get yourself a farm – nothing like continual manual labor to keep both bone and muscle strong!

Wishing you healthy teeth and strong bones 🙂

Originally posted 2018. Updated May 2024