Calcium is one of the few minerals that your body stores deposits of. Unlike magnesium, potassium and other minerals which are used (burned) quickly at times. Calcium is one in which is stored by the body and can be pulled from the body at specific times for the use it needs.
What are the downside of having too much calcium in the body?
Calcium builds up and leads to plaque production which is the excess production of calcium in the body. Plaque is not only harmful for your teeth, but it has much more dangerous effects in the body. Plaque actually collects in the arteries and this restricts arterial blood flow to and from the heart. This causes the heart muscle to have to work harder to pump blood to and from the body. This can lead to heart related issues if too much calcium/plaque builds up.
Calcium can also build up in other areas of the body causing a host of other problems such as arthritis (stiff joints, pain) as well as erectile dysfunction by restricting blood flow to sexual organs.
Because of this, and the downside effects of excess calcium in the body it is recommended to avoid taking calcium supplements.
Calcium Needs Vitamin D3 & K2 To Absorb
The important thing to keep in mind here is that calcium needs vitamin D3 and K2 to properly absorb. If you are deficient in either of these vitamins then your body will have a difficult time metabolizing calcium properly. This can lead to the build up of calcium in areas of your body that it should not be, which you do not want.
Vitamin D3 and K2 come mostly from meat, eggs and mushrooms. You will have a very difficult time getting sufficient levels of these nutrients on a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Calcium Also Needs These Key Minerals
Calcium not only needs vitamin D3 and k2 to absorb, but it also needs a balance of minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. These minerals help calcium to soften and absorb and be absorbed into the proper places of the body. Into the bones, and used by the heart instead of calcifying and leading to plaque build up and unhealthy storage of calcium.
For these reasons it is best to avoid calcium supplements.
If you know your levels of Vitamin D3, K2, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus are healthy then maybe a calcium supplement is advised. However, if you do not know the levels of these nutrients and you’re deficient in them, and you add calcium to the mix it will not metabolize properly which will lead to an unhealthy accumulation of calcium in the body in the form of plaque.
This plaque then causes dental issues, artery aging and causing the heart to work harder than it needs to which is not a good thing.
If you need to get your calcium levels up, it may be best to get the surrounding co-factor nutrients in your diet first and foremost in order for calcium to absorb properly. Get outside and get sunshine, vitamin D3 will help calcium absorb much better. The minerals added also will really help your body absorb calcium the way that it should.