How to Prevent Calcium Deposits on the Joints

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Calcium deposits are the collection of minerals that can occur around the joints of the body. As the calcium deposits grow larger, they can cause different symptoms like pain and inflammation. If calcification is severe, the deposits may need to be surgically removed from the body.

Step 1

Monitor the amount of Vitamin D that you consume on a daily basis. Too much Vitamin D in the diet can lead to calcium deposits in the joints. Adult men and women should only get 200 IU daily.

Step 2

Increase the amount of Vitamin K and magnesium in your diet. These nutrients may cause calcium deposits to occur in the body if you have a deficiency. Some dietary sources of Vitamin K and magnesium include collard greens, kale, green peas, seeds, spinach, beans, fish, carrots and lettuce.

Step 3

Take warm soaks in the bathtub. Warm soaks can help treat and prevent calcium deposits from worsening. Fill up a tub with warm water and soak for a period of 20 to 30 minutes daily. If you have pain and inflammation as a result of calcium deposits, icing the area can help.

Step 4

Continue to get enough calcium in your diet. Limiting the amount of calcium you consume will not prevent calcium deposits in the joints. Calcium is an essential nutrient for bone health and can be found in sources like milk, cheese, green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals. It is recommended that adults get approximately 1,000 mg on a daily basis. Seniors and postmenopausal women should aim for 1,200 mg to 1,500 mg daily.

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