Calcium
The Bone & Teeth Mineral
 
Minerals

 

Calcium

Our 2nd nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Chemical symbol, ‘Ca’. Essential for human life. Major component for bones & teeth. Extremely important in the maintenance of the immune system. Because it is very important to body processes, when we lack intake of this crucial mineral our bodies take what they need from our bones. This will reduce our bone mass and cause our bones to become thin and brittle.

As we age, our intestines have difficulty absorbing calcium. And if we do not bolster our intake of calcium, our bodies will take calcium from our bones causing them to become thin and brittle.

Supporting Nutrients
Vitamin D increases our body’s absorption of calcium.
Magnesium regulates the flow of calcium between cells.
• Lactose (a milk sugar) helps in our body’s absorption.

Functions/Benefits
Helps regulate nerve and muscle function.
Ensures muscle contracts and hearts beat.
Used as treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.
Prevents/reduces the chances of fractures from falls.
Prevents cancer.
Helps to prevent heart disease.
Treats arthritis.
Keeps skin healthy.
Eases leg cramps.
Encourages heartbeat.
Helps the body to metabolize iron.
Helps blood to clot.
Improves vitality and endurance.

Food sources
Dairy products (milk, yoghurt, cheese, ice-cream). Greens (broccoli, bok choy, collards). White or wholemeal bread. Chlorella. Sesame seeds. Liver. Tofu. Raspberries.

Deficiency Symptoms
Stunted growth.
Rickets.
Osteoporosis.
Weak bones and teeth.
High blood pressure.
Tooth decay.
Dementia.
Nerve disorders.
Leg cramps.
Menstrual cramps.
Rheumatism.
Abnormal heart beats, heart palpitations.
Muscle spasms and convulsions.

US RDA: 800-1,200mg (milligrams)
EU RDA: 800mg (milligrams)
Supplementation up to 2,500 mg is considered safe.

 

One glass of milk contains 300 mg of calcium.
One cup of yoghurt contains 415 mg of calcium.
One cup of cooked broccoli contains 178 mg of calcium.

Always consult a professional medical practitioner when taking any supplements.

Note
Calcium requires magnesium and vitamin D for proper absorption. Diets high in bran, fat and refined food can hinder calcium absorption.


Nutrient Destroyers
Stress. Lack of exercise. Lack of magnesium. Lack of hydrochloric acid.

>> more info on nutrient destroyers

Toxicity
Doses over 2,000mg per day may cause hypercalcemia. But unlikely as excess calcium is normally excreted.

 

 
 

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