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What is Calcium?

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Calcium is the primary mineral responsible for bone well-being, and it is needed every day. This essential mineral promotes bone strength and provides the building blocks for strong teeth. Calcium plays an especially vital role in achieving peak bone mass in children and young adults. In addition to contributing to bone health, Calcium helps promote healthy blood and heart function, muscle contractions and nerve impulses.

One form of Calcium, Calcium Carbonate, has been shown to support healthy cell growth in the colon.Calcium Carbonate supplements have also been found to help relieve symptoms of PMS, such as water retention, and back or abdominal pain, and can support a positive mood.

Even though it is well-known for its bone support abilities, many people do not get enough Calcium from their daily diets. In fact, many women and young girls consume less than half the amount of Calcium recommended to maintain healthy bones, putting them at greater risk of developing osteoporosis than men.

Many factors contribute to the development of osteoporosis, including sex, race, age, and hormonal status. Caucasian women of northern European ancestry and Asian women in their bone-forming years (teens and young adults) have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. American women of African heritage have the lowest incidence of osteoporotic fracture.

It's important to remember that everyone loses bone mass with age. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and adequate Calcium intake helps maintain good bone health and may reduce the high risk of osteoporosis later in life, especially for teens and young adult Caucasian and Asian women. A total dietary intake above 2,000 mg has no further known benefit to bone health. Depending on your age, an appropriate Calcium intake falls between 1000 and 1300 mg a day.

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2 comments:

Debbie said...

Hi there, I have been told that the recommended dosgae for calcium is around 500mg but at the moment i'm taking 600mg tablets that I purchased from a company on the Internet called Goldshield who I was recommended to use by a friend because of their range of calcium supplements. What are the effects of taking too much calcium and what would the recommended intake be?

WanNo said...

Hi Debbie. Thanx for dropping by.

Sufficient calcium intake is important for healthy bones and teeth but too much calcium also bad for our health. Excess calcium lost through urine. Increment of calcium in urine may cause kidney stone. It is advised you to ask pharmacist or physician for your sufficient calcium dosage.