is an essential mineral
which functions in a variety of ways in the human body This
article provides you with an essential overview of its properties....
North, a writer specializing in nutrition and
Calcium is an essential mineral and is often present in the food recommended for a
balanced diet. Deficit of this mineral can affect the bone and tooth
formation. Too much will affect the kidney by forming kidney
There are long term effects and long periods of deficiency
can lead to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease which leads to
deterioration and fragility of bones. Women nearing menopause or post
menopausal women have an increased risk of osteoporosis.
mineral also plays a role in clotting, nerve conduction, muscle
contraction and production of lymphatic fluids.
Facts about Use
requires vitamin D in order to absorb calcium. Vitamin D is not usually taken
as a supplement as it is present in fish, egg yolks and 15
minutes of sun exposure will generate enough vitamin D to maintain its
level in the body. Vitamin D stimulates a number of proteins which
transport it to the bones from the intestine as it is being absorbed.
Estrogen also plays an important role in women by increasing absorption
and after menopause the level of estrogen drops increasing the risk of
osteoporosis in post menopausal women.
Calcium supplements such as XtendLife's
are given in addition to a balanced healthy diet to treat the deficiencies.
Low cost supplements likely contain calcium carbonate as it is the least expensive and the
most common form. However, it is difficult to digest by older people and
causes flatulence. Calcium citrate, on the other hand, is more easily
absorbed and is easier to digest. It also has a lower risk of forming
kidney stones and is not likely to cause constipation or flatulence.
Patients with renal disease or liver malfunctions are asked to consult
a physician before consuming it as they are at an increased risk of
toxicity. If you buy a cheap product that your body cannot use, then
you have wasted your money.