Good day! Last week we wrapped up our Vitamin Series with information and tips on Vitamin K-2. This week we will start a Mineral Series beginning with Calcium! Calcium is a known essential nutrient and widely used mineral supplement for the bones but your body needs it for more than just for bones! We will tell you about some of the benefits of Calcium, as well as what foods that contain it, different types of supplements and what you can take with it to increase the benefits!
Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body. It is most known to be beneficial for our bones. It is also abundant in our hair, nails, and teeth. It is a mineral naturally found in the earth and is in the second period of the periodic table in the alkaline earth metal group. It is considered a metal and can be found as a positive ion. These ions within the body are necessary to get signals to-and-from the brain. Calcium is also needed to help regulate Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Potassium in the blood. These minerals work together to preform many different functions in the body and are essential for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction/relaxation and much more. Here are some of the benefits and responsibilities of Calcium:
- Helps increase bone density and strengthen bones (great for treating or preventing osteoporosis)
- Found to be beneficial for Colon Cancer
- Supports healthy blood pressure
- Has been shown to assist in weight loss (helps increase fat exertion and decrease appetite)
- Beneficial for dental health and strengthening teeth
Foods with Calcium
- Seeds— Poppy, Sesame, and Chia seeds
- Cheese— Parmesan cheese contains the highest amount of Calcium
- Sardines— The Calcium is contained in their small edible bones
- Almonds— They contain the most calcium of all other nuts
- Dark Leafy Greens— Kale and collard greens top the charts for the highest amount of calcium compared to other leafy greens.
Supplementing with Calcium
- Now Calcium & Magnesium— Calcium supplements are usually coupled with Magnesium and Vitamin D-3, which work in combination for bone health (more on this below). Although this is an effective and affordable type of Calcium supplement, there are other forms that tend to be more absorb-able.
- Red Mineral Algae— This is a great form of a natural Calcium supplement for bone health because it is filled with other minerals that help with bone health (there are 13 minerals that the bones are composed of– calcium, magnesium, boron, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, nickel, vanadium, zinc, silicon, selenium, strontium). The Red Mineral Algae is also suitable for vegetarians!
- Coral Calcium— is an alkaline form of Calcium that is is easily absorbed by the body.
- Mezotrace Calcium and Magnesium with Vitamin D3— is natural mineral source based Calcium supplement that contains trace minerals to help assist in bone health. This is one of our most popular Calcium supplements.
Coupling with Calcium
As you can see above Calcium is typically paired up with other nutrients to help it properly absorb and function in the body. Here are the main nutrients that make Calcium work better in the body:
- Magnesium— Calcium assists in muscle contraction and Magnesium assists in muscles relaxation. They work together and are both responsible for many different chemical reactions in the body.
- Vitamin D-3— This vitamin helps metabolize the Calcium and brings it into the vascular system. Calcium needs adequate amounts of Vitamin D-3 in order to get to the bones and absorb into our body properly.
- Vitamin K-2— This important Vitamin pulls the Calcium from the blood and into the bones.
As you can see, Calcium needs other nutrients in order to make it’s way to the bones. When the body does not have enough Calcium in the body for other necessary functions, it will start to pull the stored Calcium from the bones and into your blood as needed. This can slowly erode and weaken the bones. That is why it is important to eat foods rich in Calcium or get a good Calcium supplement and make sure you have the other nutrients that Calcium needs to help keep your bones stay nice and strong!
As always, do what you feel is best for YOUR body — if you aren’t sure, ask your doctor. We are health ENTHUSIASTS not licensed practitioners.