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J Am Coll Nutr. 1999 Oct;18(5 Suppl):398S-405S.

Finding consensus in the dietary calcium-blood pressure debate.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland 97201-2940, USA.


No single study or avenue of investigation can resolve the scientific controversies that entangle efforts to determine the effects of specific nutrients on medical conditions. To reach consensus in this area requires a substantial body of plausible, reproducible and consistent data from various investigative approaches--such as the data that now exist regarding the relationship between dietary calcium and blood pressure. In this paper we describe the plethora of epidemiological and clinical studies and analyses that have been published in the last two years and which cumulatively reveal the consistency of the available data regarding the influence of dietary calcium on blood pressure regulation. Nearly 20 years of investigation in this area has culminated in remarkable and compelling agreement in the data, confirming the need for and benefit of regular consumption of the recommended daily levels of dietary calcium.

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