Calcium

Some interesting facts about calcium:

  • Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and is require for healthy and strong bones and teeth
    Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body is important to ensure that the bones and teeth are healthy and strong. Bone is a living tissue (even though it may seem hard and impenetrable), which is constantly being broken down and re-built.
  • Magnesium, vitamin D, boron and phosphorus work with calcium
    To help build stronger bones and teeth, calcium needs to work together with magnesium, boron, vitamin D and phosphorus to enable the formations of healthy bone tissue. These minerals and vitamin help the bones grab onto the calcium and use it for new bone tissue formation.
  • Calcium to magnesium ratio should be 2:1
    In order for the levels of calcium and magnesium to be at the correct levels and ensure health is maintained, the ratio of calcium to magnesium should be 2:1, but the ratio can used up to 2:1.5 at the most. Basically for every 100mg (to 150mg at the most) of magnesium, there should be 200mg of calcium intake.
  • Calcium helps to maintain proper nerve and muscle activity
    Calcium is required to make sure all the body's muscles contract properly and all nerve impulse fire off correctly to enable them to send messages through the nervous tissues to all areas of the body. The heart, an important smooth muscle, requires calcium to function properly - by maintaining a regular heart beat and ensuring blood pressure is at a regular and healthy level.
Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body is important to ensure that the bones and teeth are healthy and strong
  • Vitamin D deficiency may lead to calcium deficiency
    If there is a vitamin D deficiency, it could lead to a calcium deficiency, as vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and if there is insufficient vitamin D intake in the diet, it could lead to a calcium deficiency and bone loss.
  • Calcium supplements are absorbed better with some dairy
    If calcium supplements are taken, they are absorbed in the body much better if they are taken with some dairy food (yoghurt, milk, cheese), than if they are taken on an empty stomach or with some other types of food.
  • People who eat a high protein diet may need more calcium
    People who are on a higher protein diet, may need more calcium in their diet than people who eat less protein (or predominantly eat a vegetarian diet), this is due to the amount of natural phosphates in vegetables and ensuring the correct calcium/phosphorus ratios in he body.
  • Enzyme activation depends on calcium to function properly
    Calcium is needed to activate enzymes responsible for the digestion of fats and proteins, as well as in enzymes that help to produce energy for the body.
  • Calcium forms part of the connective tissues in the body
    Calcium helps to build connective tissues, which helps to keep the body together.

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