Calcium Part I: Supplements

Calcium is the most vital and necessary mineral your body requires to maintain optimum health. It is in the human body, more than any other mineral.  The problem is that this mineral is deficient in most foods consumed today.   Farming practices today deplete the soil of vital minerals which contributes to the perpetuation of the rampant degenerative diseases seen today.

The SHOTGUN Approach
A lot of people use the “shot-gun” technique or the “cook book approach” when taking vitamins.  In the hope that  hoping they will get everything their body needs by taking high potency vitamins that they read about or saw on TV.

“There are some rather disturbing marketing trends going on right now that are geared towards women and children. Television and print advertisements show smiling, athletic women racing from one place to the next while nibbling on a “just for women” candy bar that has been “fortified with a bunch of synthetic vitamins and minerals as well as a whole host of other artificial additives and preservatives.

What these ad campaigns don’t show is no matter how fancy these products are dressed up and displayed, they are still dead, processed foods that may contain harmful ingredients like hydrogenated oils, preservatives, and neurotoxins.

Almost everywhere you look people are recommending co-enzyme Q10, 400 units of vitamin E, folic acid, B6, B12, at least 500 mg. of vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, beta carotene and don’t forget calcium for the bones.”

(Just Say No to Synthetic Vitamins and Processed Foods! by Cori Young)

Why is calcium so vital?

  • Calcium determines how minerals are picked up by the cell.  Toxic trace minerals, can enter the cell in excessive amounts if calcium is deficient.
  • Calcium deficiency can cause calcium to be moved from the bones and teeth causing an excess amount in other areas of the body.
  • Calcium carries most other nutrients to the cell.
  • Calcium delivers more energy to the cell than any other mineral.
  • Calcium is the most efficient pH buffer (acid base regulator) for extracellular fluid. This allows proper building of DNA needed by your body.
  • The less calcium available during digestion the less overall energy will be released during digestion.
  • Calcium signals muscles to contract.
  • It signals the nerves to release neurotransmitters, and support the chemistry that helps people form and retain memories.
  • Low calcium intake linked to risk of ischemic stroke in women. (Iso, H., Stempfer, M. J., Manson, J. E., et al, “Prospective study of calcium, potassium, and magnesium intake and risk of stroke in women,” Stroke 1999; 30 (Sept.):1772-9.)
  • Recent studies have identified a relationship between childhood calcium intake and bone mineralization and fracture risk. (Preboth, Monica, “Calcium Needs of Infants, Children and Adolescents,” American Family Physician, July 15, 2000.)
  • Patients with excess calcium in their urine and calcium oxalate stones are less likely to develop another stone if they adhere to a normal calcium diet that’s low in animal protein and salt when compared to patients who consume the traditional low-calcium regimen. (Borghl, L., Schianchi T., Meschl T., et al.)
  • Research has also shown conclusively that high calcium diets reduce the risk of developing kidney stones contrary to what has been believed. (N Engl J Med, January 10, 2004.)
  • Numerous important metabolic processes are influenced by small changes in extracellular ionized calcium concentration including:
    • (a) the excitability of nerve function and neural transmission;
    • (b) the secretion by cells of proteins and hormones and neurotransmitters;
    • (c) contraction of muscle cells and secretion in the case of secretory cells);
    • (d) cell proliferation;
    •  (e) blood coagulation, by acting as a cofactor for the essential enzymes involved in the clotting cascade;
    • (f) stability and permeability of cell members;
    • (g) modulation of enzyme activity especially in glycogenolysis (for carbohydrate storage), gluconeogenesis (the formation of carbohydrates from protein and fats), and protein kinases (enzymes that transfer energy); and
    • (h) the mineralization of newly formed bone.

(Mundy, Gregory R., “Calcium Homeostasis: Hypercalcemia and Hypocalcemia,” University of Texas. – Professor and Head, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism)

Bonus Benefits of Calcium

Calcium helps keep weight off. Research suggests that if you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, you‘re likely to be overweight.  When your calcium reserves are low your body releasing parathyroid hormone which stimulates your bones to release calcium into your bloodstream.  Adequate calcium intake suppresses these hormones so your body stores less fat and also breaks it down easily. (Michael B. Zemel, Ph.D., head of the department of nutrition at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ott, C., “The Surprising Benefits of Calcium,” Natural Health, Jan-Feb, 2002).

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