Calcium and Milk
In the public mind, milk is the answer to the epidemic of osteoporosis being experienced in the western world. Milk is considered the best and essential source of calcium to prevent bone softening and fractures from porous bones commonly seen in the developed countries of the world. However, research is pointing to the possiblility that it may never be possible to increase mineral content of our bones using cow's milk as a calcium source. The vast majority of the world's population does not drink cow's milk nor do they have osteoporosis (soft, porous, calcium-deficient bones). Why do the nations that drink the most milk have the greatest amount of fractures from osteoporosis? Something does not make sense with the idea that milk is a wonderful source of calcium for our bones. Many believe that osteoporosis in developed nations is not a calcium deficiency, but rather is caused by protein overload in the diet. Milk, instead of solving the problem of protein overload in the diet, contributes to the problem. In addition to having a high protein content, milk also has a high phosphorous content which is needed by calves but not by humans. For humans, excess phosphorous and proteins are a burden that needs to be excreted by the kidneys. All the protein needed by the body are best obtained from plants. Animal proteins, such as that found in milk, beef, fish and fowl, are not a necessicerily good for health. They are metabolically acidic, and when they are eaten, there is usually an excess of protein in the diet and these animal proteins must be neutralized before they can be excreted by the kidney. The body cannot store excess protein. Calcium is the human metabolic buffer used to neutralize acidic substances. The bones are the body storehouse of calcium. The bones are very dynamic structures constantly being formed and taken apart by the body. When the body needs large amounts of calcium to neutralize large amounts of acid excess and acidic proteins for excretion by the kidneys, the calcium is taken from the bones. Proteins from plants may also be eaten in excess, but plant proteins do not present the same acidic problem to the body that animal proteins do. Plant proteins leave an alkaline rather than acidic residue, and so do not deplete the body's calcium stores in the same way. While milk contains calcium, because of the high protein and phosphorous content of cow's milk, it is not possible to drink enough milk to have more calcium retained in the body than is excreted along with the excess protein and phosphorus in the milk. Drinking milk probably results in no contribution to your bone's calcium. This is why the great majority of the world's population has no osteoporosis problems, even though they do not drink much milk. Our Barefoot coral calcium plus has loads of calcium and other minerals, plus it also contains Vitamin D, just like milk does!