Get To Know Your Minerals: Calcium 2017-01-23T05:35:37-08:00


How it helps

■ Essential for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth.
■ Helps regulate heartbeat, control blood pressure, contract muscles, send messages along the nerves.
■ Makes important body chemicals such as hormones and enzymes.

Where calcium can be found

Milk, dairy foods, seafood and green leafy vegetables, almonds, asparagus, brewers yeast and broccoli.
What are the signs of deficiency?
Aching joints, brittle nails, eczema, elevated cholesterol, hypertension and muscle cramps.


■ The amino acid lysine helps in calcium absorption. Lysine, which is also available as a supplement, can be found in cheese, eggs, fish, beans, milk, potatoes, and soy products.
■ Taking calcium with iron can reduce the effect of both minerals.
■ Consuming alcoholic beverages, coffee, junk food, excess salt and white flour can lead to loss of calcium.
■ Supplements are more effective when taken in smaller doses spread throughout the day and before bedtime.
■ Antacids such as Tums or Rolaids are not recommended as a source of calcium because the ingredients neutralize the stomach acid needed for absorption.
■ Calcium supplements should not be taken by people with a history of kidney stones or kidney disease.

Vitamins and Minerals: A Self-Hep Guide

This book provides a simple overview of the common vitamins and minerals available to help you supplement your diet when appropriate.
The information within this book is basic and does not claim to provide in any way comprehensive information of the subject matter but hopefully it can point you in the right direction when you need more information. All the information has come primarily from the government and authoritative bodies recommending daily intakes and pinpointing the limits of dosages per day. Experts in the field have tried to make the information easy to follow in this book.

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