We need calcium for:Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our bodies, making up 2 percent of our total body weight. It is necessary for most bodily functions, and it is estimated that 80 percent of all American women are calcium deficient. Calcium is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction (including the heart muscle), blood clotting, reducing cholesterol, enhancing the immune system, maintaining strong bones and teeth and proper sleep.
SYMPTOMS OF CALCIUM DEFICIENCY:Calcium deficiency symptoms include irritability and nervousness, muscle cramping and fatigue, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, insomnia, high blood pressure, menstrual problems, confusion, throat spasms, and twitching and jerking of the major or minor muscles.
FACTORS INVOLVED IN THE METABOLISM AND
ABSORPTION OF CALCIUM:Utilization of calcium depends particularly on correct phosphorus and magnesium levels. In general, we should have a two-toone ratio of calcium to magnesium. A deficiency of magnesium decreases calcium as well as potassium levels leading to enzyme problems that can interfere with calcium metabolism. Calcium and magnesium work synergistically to benefit the health of the cardiovascular system. Calcium also works together with phosphorus, and both are involved in the health of the bones and teeth. Both magnesium and phosphorus facilitate calcium absorption in the body. Vitamins A and C also assist in the metabolism of calcium, and Vitamin D is required for its absorption.
SUPPLEMENTING WITH CALCIUM:One of the best ways to receive sufficient calcium levels is through supplementation. Calcium supplementation in the range of 1,000 mg daily supports regeneration of bone and maintenance of blood pressure within normal range.
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