Calcium Supplements Info

 


Calcium 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....



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 stones.

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.

This essential mineral also plays a role in clotting, nerve conduction, muscle contraction and production of lymphatic fluids.



Natural Sources

  • Tofu
  • Kelp
  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Turnip Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Cabbage
  • Mustard Greens
  • Kale
  • Almonds
  • Rutabaga
  • White Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Kohlrabi
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Radish
  • cauliflower
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Hazelnuts
  • Sardines
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Salmon
  • Navy Beans
  • Peas
  • Yogurt
  • Brewer's Yeast
  • Dulse
  • Wakame



Facts about Use

The body 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 Bone-Support 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.

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