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cal-apatite bone builder w magnesium“What about CALCIUM??? I get more questions on this topic alone than any other topic on nutrition. Senior citizens worrying about osteoporosis, younger folks wondering about cramps, and athletes concerned about bone strength should read this article with special attention.

Calcium works with magnesium in its functions in the blood, nerves, muscles, and tissues, particularly in regulating heart and muscle contraction and nerve conduction. Vitamin D is needed for much calcium (and phosphorus) to be absorbed from the digestive tract.

In general, calcium absorption becomes less efficient as we age. During infancy and childhood, 50-70 percent of the calcium ingested may be absorbed, whereas an adult might use only 30-50 percent of dietary calcium in his or her body. It is likely this is based on natural body needs. Various factors can improve calcium absorption. Besides Vitamin D, vitamins A and C can help support normal membrane transport of calcium. Protein intake can help absorption of calcium, but too much protein may reduce it.

Let’s get one myth out of the way right away, milk is not the only source of calcium. In fact, the calcium in milk is bound quite tightly to large proteins (great for growing 1,000 lb calves in one year, not great for humans). A really great source is fresh vegetables. “What?!” lots of folks protest, “look at all the milk commercials, it does a body good!” Think of it this way. Sure there’s a lot of calcium in milk, but then again, where do the cows get calcium? Grass, hay, feed, but no milk. In fact, the largest animals on the planet are all plant eaters like elephants, giraffes, etc.

Another consideration is that too much protein in the diet leads to calcium loss. Protein creates an acid state in the diet, so the body takes calcium out of the bones to “buffer” it. (That’s why Tums help sooth heartburn; it has calcium, and that buffers stomach acid).

Calcium supplement have to be used with care also. There are a lot of low quality products out there, and unless you’re willing to spend a little bit of money you are better off just leaving them alone. (Hint: Tums is not a good source of calcium, neither are “oyster shell” products.).

At Burtis Chiropractic we do offer a high quality Cal Apatite with Magnesium. Please call or stop by our office if you have any questions on this or any other supplement.

To sum it up short and sweet; eat less meat and more fresh fruit and vegetables, and you won’t need to worry about calcium for the rest of your life.

When considering any supplement be sure it is a high quality supplement! Most store bought supplements are NOT high quality, but Burtis Chiropractic does offer high grade pharmaceutical supplements. Consult with Dr. Burtis on what supplements are right for you.

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