Calcification of the arteries is a known precursor of vascular disease. The greatest danger lies in the possibility of dental plaque breaking down and blocking blood flow to the vital organs. If this happens, a person could have a heart attack or stroke, but drinking responsibly can reduce these risks.
Hardening of the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, is an inflammatory disease responsible for a large number of deaths in developed countries.
A possible mechanism underlying the association between calcium intake and cardiovascular risk could be the progression of atherosclerosis.
However, the British Heart Foundation challenges the idea that diet plays any role in building calcium in the arteries.
The health authority states: “Our studies in the laboratory have shown that the calcium deposits in arteries arise because the muscle cells in the blood vessel wall begin to change into bone-like cells when they are old or sick.
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“The calcium deposits in your arteries are not related to your diet or any supplements you are taking.”
However, several studies have linked beverages to the calcification of the arteries.
Calcification is the technical term that describes a buildup of excess calcium in the body and can be caused by various types of deposits. It is also an important clinical marker of atherosclerosis.
In 2016, a large Korean study suggested that intake of just five or more sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks per week was linked to a high risk of calcification, compared with people who did not consume the drinks.
After the discovery was made, coronary heart disease was added to the list of ailments associated with sugar-sweetened drinks.
The relationship between alcohol and arterial calcification is U-shaped, meaning that moderate drinking may have some benefits, while abstinence and heavy drinking may increase the risk.
Some epidemiological studies have suggested that, for example, moderate intake of red wine might reduce cardiac deaths from atherosclerosis.
The most beneficial effects of drinking are most likely due to the flavonoids present in red wine, but few other alcoholic beverages can boast these benefits.
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According to the study’s findings, it was “directly related” to the onset of atherosclerosis in the arteries leading to the brain.
According to UK authorities, arsenic occurs naturally in the environment, so exposure can occur through consuming contaminated food or water.
However, in the UK arsenic levels are tightly controlled and exposure to arsenic in water, air and food is reduced to the lowest practical level to minimize potential health risks,” the government’s website said.
The main difference of whether tap water is good or bad for the heart comes down to whether it is hard or soft water.
In general, the harder the water, the lower the heart rate, in part because softer water contains less calcium.