Calcium helps lower homocysteine
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors said there may be a link between the inflammatory factor homocysteine and bone and artery disease in postmenopausal women. Recent research also suggests low calcium levels may increase homocysteine. To find out, researchers in this study compared calcium and homocysteine levels in 713 postmenopausal Japanese women, average age 65.
Compared to women with lower calcium levels, women who got at least 536 mg of calcium per day had lower homocysteine levels. Doctors also found a possible connection: as the levels of calcium in the diet increased, levels of homocysteine declined. Researchers suggest placebo-controlled trials to confirm their observations from this study.