Benefits of coral calcium are still quite unknown

People's Pharmacy

Health & Fitness

October 19, 2003|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate

A friend swears by coral calcium that she orders through the mail. She says it cures her aches and pains. What makes coral calcium different from the inexpensive calcium I buy in the grocery story?

Coral calcium comes from dead coral from the seabed, while the inexpensive calcium you buy might come from oyster shells or limestone deposits. Some marketers are promoting coral calcium as a cure-all for many chronic and serious conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission are beginning to clamp down on unsubstantiated claims.

I have been drinking two cups of green tea a day for about eight years. Will green tea help me or hurt me?

If green tea were hazardous, hundreds of millions of people in Japan and China would be in serious trouble. This hot beverage is as popular there as coffee is in the West.

Green tea contains a number of antioxidants that seem to provide some protection from cancer, chronic inflammatory diseases and even heart disease. In studies of human populations, though, these benefits are usually associated with more than two cups of tea daily.

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