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Supplement of the month - Calcium

Cal Apatite with Magnesium

10 % off Calcium during the month of October!

Fun Facts:

  • Builds and maintains strong, healthy bones.
  • Supports muscle relaxation, promotes a heightened sense of overall being.
  • Calcium is 2% of our body weight.
  • Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body.

“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.

Warning signs of calcium deficiency:

Aching Joints                   Insomnia                     Numbness in legs & arms
Eczema                              Brittle Nails                Heart Palpitations
Hypertension                   Muscle Cramps          Osteoporosis

 

Recommended Daily Calcium Dosage:

Toddlers (age 1-3) 500 mg daily

Children (ages 4-8) 800 mg daily

Adolescence (age 9-18) 1300 mg daily

Adults (ages 19 & beyond) 1000 mg daily

Adult Women 1500 mg daily

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