December 13, 2017
Calcium and Stroke Protection
Wellness Tip

Calcium and Stroke Protection

by Berkeley Wellness  

Calcium from dairy products may reduce the risk of stroke, but it depends on your total intake, suggests a recent analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which pooled data from 11 studies.

Studies on calcium and stroke risk have had inconsistent results, so the Swedish researchers looked to see whether the levels and source of calcium intake made a difference.

They estimated that in people with low to moderate calcium intake (less than 700 milligrams a day), consuming an additional 300 milligrams of calcium reduced stroke risk by 18 percent. For most people with higher daily intakes, consuming more calcium did not appear to provide further benefit against stroke. Calcium from other foods or from supplements was not associated with decreased stroke risk, so other nutrients in dairy may also play a role.