Why Taking Isolated Calcium Won’t Work Without Its Companions

A spoon filled with white pill tablets.

People need to get calcium from a complex of bone nutrients – not from an isolated calcium pill.

New research has shown that taking calcium supplements is linked to brain lesions — even at low doses.


For decades, doctors and Big Pharma have promoted isolated calcium as healthy – some calcium supplements even became a fad, like taking oyster shell calcium.

The key to calcium is to supplement with a natural, and complex, nutrient that contains much more than just calcium; use supplements that contain the other essential nutrients that your bones and tissues also require, like strontium, boron, and phosphorus.

Isolated forms of calcium and the wrong forms of calcium can result in adverse health effects, such as deposits that can cause lesions in the brain.

Man-made calcium supplements are found as many different compounds, such as:

  1. calcium acetate
  2. calcium carbonate
  3. calcium citrate
  4. calcium citrate malate
  5. calcium gluconate
  6. calcium lactate
  7. calcium lactogluconate
  8. tricalcium phosphate, and there are others ...

It is hard to know which of these forms of calcium is the most natural, so what you need to provide your body is a blend of pure calcium with ALL the other nutrients alongside it.

Which Form to Use?

a head of fresh leafy lettuce.

Deep leafy greens are full of calcium plus all of its companion nutrients.

Most people can easily get at least half of the calcium they need from food.

If your usual calcium intake is too low, first try to eat more calcium-rich foods each day. Research the many calcium-rich foods to help you get the recommended calcium from diet alone.

If you are unable to change your diet to get the recommended amount of calcium each day, then consider taking a calcium supplement. Your recommended daily calcium intake minus the estimated daily calcium in your diet will determine how much calcium you need to take from a supplement.

Isolated And Prescribed Calcium Drugs

If you need a supplement, it is important to select one that contains the proper amount of calcium. In nature, calcium and magnesium are found in a 1:1 ratio, but most calcium supplements have this ratio wrong, with a 1:0.5 Ca/Mg ratio.

That’s merely 1/2 the magnesium that you need.

One thing that I observed about this recent study was that they only labeled the calcium used in the study as “calcium dietary supplements“, so it is unclear if this also included prescribed calcium supplements, such as Actonel® and Boniva®.

Bottom-line, isolated calcium supplements and prescribed calcium drugs do your body little to no good. And I do not recommend using manufactured calcium drugs, such as Actonel or Boniva before trying a natural calcium blend with all the bone nutrients in the right proportions.

Calcium to “keep your bones strong” has been marketed incorrectly from the beginning, and this appears to be causing serious long term health effects, as this particular study has pointed out.

Ideally, all mammals are designed to get calcium from food. And, food sources contain much more than just calcium – they contain a calcium blend of bone nutrients.

A hologram of the inside of a human body.

The human body is a very complex system filled with vibrant, living tissues.

Living Tissue

Our bones are living tissue, which require a complexity of nutrients to maintain strength, such as:

  1. vitamin C
  2. amino acids
  3. magnesium
  4. silica
  5. vitamins D and K
  6. strontium
  7. boron
  8. trace minerals

Proper Digestion

Proper digestion is also critical for your bone nutrients to make it to your bones and then remain there. If you are not efficiently digesting and assimilating your nutrients, then most of them go right out of your system, undigested as they flush down the toilet.


A colorful roll of pH test strips.

It is important to know the pH of your body’s saliva and urine.

If your body pH is out of balance, then your bone nutrients can be adversely affected.

If you are too acidic, your nutrients can be dissolved before they are transported to your tissues. And if you are too alkaline, your bone nutrients can circulate in your blood dry and solid, which thickens your blood.

If your calcium hasn’t been properly dissolved and assimilated, it can layer outside of your bones and tissues; this typically results in arthritis/RA, joint pain, and as recent research shows, as brain lesions.

Go here to learn more about balancing your body’s saliva and urine pH.

Where Does Isolated Calcium Go?

Think about this: if calcium is not in your bones, teeth, gums and other tissues, then where is it?

It is circulating in your blood, and it excretes into your hair, which is why having a hair analysis done to check your bone nutrient levels – all of them – is a good idea.

If your calcium is freely circulating and trying to excrete, it can pass into your brain, as studies now show. Unused calcium can eventually drop into your bladder and deposit in your kidneys, and it can sit outside of your bones on your nerve endings.

Over time, unused calcium that has not excreted can form deposits that line your tissues like brittle calcium deposits hanging from the roof of a cave.

A box front of BioSil by Jarrow.

BiolSil is a natural form of calcium and its companion nutrients.

Calcium Solutions

When supplementing with calcium, make sure to take a natural calcium blend. This way, your body has the complete balance it requires for assimilation and elimination.

I recommend combining the following for healthy, safe, and complete calcium supplements for bone tissue density:

*Pure silica is one of the basic nutrients for bone health; silica is found unaltered in Nature, and is a natural blend of bone nutrients wild animals eat to support healthy bones, beaks, hooves, and antlers.

A huge elk taking a nap.

Elk eat silica in the wild to support their antlers. Then, they take a nap ….











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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements.  This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.

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