Calcium and vitamin D supplements: Good, bad, or neutral for cardiovascular health?

For these popular pills, the evidence has been mixed. Here's advice about getting the recommended amounts of both nutrients.

Published: February, 2020

In the body, calcium and vitamin D work together to build and maintain healthy bones. Many adults (especially women) take these two nutrients in supplement form, hoping to stave off osteoporosis, the bone-weakening disease that leaves older people prone to fractures. But how do these supplements affect cardiovascular health?

The answer is a bit complicated. Here are the key points, with additional context and advice below:

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