Evidence shows women with high calcium intake gain less weight and body fat than those with low intakes. Scientists think calcium may trigger fat breakdown, while low intake stimulates fat production. Good evidence exists for a reduced risk of hypertension, stroke, premenstrual syndrome, brain and colon cancer with a high calcium intake; there is modest evidence for reduced gum disease risk with higher calcium intake.
(Source: Arthritis Today magazine, September-October 2003.).