Mineral Spotlight: Calcium

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Calcium is a mineral that tends to get a bad rap- but in reality it’s calcium supplements that we should be worried about. Real calcium from FOOD that is balanced with other nutrients is essential for health. Everything needs to be in balance!

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Calcium’s Role in the Body

This is the most abundant mineral in the body- 99% should be found in the bone (but over consumption is the cause of tissue calcification). The 1% not in the bones is needed for nerve transmission, blood pressure regulation, iron metabolism, proper cell division, plus health skin and teeth.  There is an increased need for calcium during pregnancy, lactation, and adolescence. It is possible to have high tissue calcium as well as bio-UN-available calcium. We need magnesium and potassium to keep calcium in proper balance. There are 2 hormones involved with calcium metabolism: calcitonin and the parathyroid hormones.  Excess vitamin D makes us absorb too much calcium. Boron helps with the proper utilization of both calcium and vitamin D.

Calcium deficiency signs:

  • Bones issues
  • Anxiety
  • Brittle nails
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Diminished nerve function

Calcium Sources

Recommended amount: 1000 mg

Blackstrap molasses, 1 tbsp: ~100mg

Yogurt (grass-fed), 1 cup: 300mg

Nettle infusions: 300mg per cup

Collard Greens, 1 cup: 300mg

More Calcium Rich Foods

Calcium supplementation is being linked to heart disease, arthritis, crippling PMS, thyroid disorders, renal failure, and countless other ailments. (source) You can get PLENTY of calcium from food, no matter what your diet entails.

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