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We learned years ago that we ALL need minerals, but the body can only take and USE effectively the plant derived minerals.
Plant Derived Minerals
Calcium is one of the most common minerals, but perhaps the most misunderstood.
Benefits and Sources of Calcium
Calcium is a mineral that all living organisms need, including humans. It is the most abundant mineral in the body, and it is vital for bone health.
Humans need calcium to build and maintain strong bones, with 99% of the body’s calcium being in our bones and teeth. It is also necessary for maintaining healthy communication between the brain and other parts of the body and plays a role in muscle movement and cardiovascular function where it works in harmony with other minerals.
It is widely understood that calcium needs vitamin D, as this vitamin helps the body absorb calcium. Vitamin D comes from fish oils, certain dairy products, curcumin (our preferred source) along with exposure to sunlight.
Benefits of Calcium
Why we Need Calcium
Calcium plays various roles in the body.
These include the following:
Around 99% of the calcium in the human body is in the bones and teeth. Calcium is essential for the development, growth, and maintenance of bone.
As children grow, calcium contributes to the development of their bones. After a person stops growing, calcium continues to help maintain the bones and slow down bone density loss, which is a natural part of the aging process.
Females who have already experienced menopause can lose bone density at a higher rate than males or younger people.
They have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, with doctors sometimes recommending calcium supplements.
Calcium helps regulate muscle contraction. When a nerve stimulates a muscle, the body releases calcium. The calcium helps the proteins in muscle carry out the work of contraction.
When the body pumps the calcium out of the muscle, the muscle will relax.
Calcium plays a key role in blood clotting. The process of clotting is complex and has a number of steps. These involve a range of chemicals, including calcium.
Calcium’s role in muscle function includes maintaining the action of the heart muscle. Calcium relaxes the smooth muscle that surrounds blood vessels. Various studies have indicated a possible link between high consumption of calcium and lower blood pressure.
Vitamin D is also essential for bone health, and it helps the body to utilise calcium more effectively.
Calcium is a co-factor for many enzymes. Without calcium, some key enzymes cannot work efficiently.
Consuming sufficient dietary calcium can result in:
- a lower risk of developing conditions involving high blood pressure during pregnancy
- lower blood pressure in young people
- lower blood pressure in those whose mothers who consumed enough calcium during pregnancy
- improved cholesterol values
- a lower risk of colorectal adenomas, a type of non-cancerous tumour.
Calcium plant foods
People can obtain calcium from a range of foods and drinks.
The following are some good sources:
- green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, turnip leaves, watercress, and kale
- sweet potatoes
- sesame seeds
- dried figs
- nuts and seeds, especially almonds, sesame, and chia
- legumes and grains
- cornmeal and corn tortillas
Other sources include:
- sardines and salmon
Some dark green vegetables, such as spinach, contain calcium, however, they also contain high levels of oxalic acid. Oxalic acid reduces the body’s ability to absorb calcium and we need to be mindful of this.
Other recommendations may include fortified breakfast cereals, fortified fruit juices and fortified dairy alternatives, such as soy milk etc., however we are not a supporter of ‘fortified’ food products as the fortification process usually incorporates low quality, non-food form mineral elements mainly metallic or synthetic; these provide little or no nutritional benefit.
How Much do I Need?
According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, people need the following amounts of calcium:
- 0–6 months: 200 milligrams (mg)
- 7–12 months: 260 mg
- 1–3 years: 700 mg
- 4–8 years: 1,000 mg
- 9–18 years: 1,300 mg
- 19–50 years: 1,000 mg
- 51–70 years: 1,000 mg for males and 1,200 mg for females
- 71 years and above: 1,200 mg
Pregnant and breastfeeding women require 1,000–1,300 mg depending on age.
A doctor may recommend additional calcium for people who:
- have started menopause
- stop menstruating due to anorexia nervosa or excessive exercise
- are lactose intolerant or a cow’s milk allergy
- follow a vegan diet
The following conditions or lifestyle habits may result in low calcium levels, also known as hypokalaemia:
- bulimia, anorexia, and some other eating disorders
- high consumption of caffeine, fizzy drinks or alcohol
- mercury exposure
- overconsumption of magnesium
- long-term use of laxatives
- prolonged use of some medicines, such as chemotherapy or corticosteroids
- chelation therapy used for metal exposure
- lack of parathyroid hormone
- people who eat a lot of protein or sodium chloride (table salt) may excrete calcium.
- some cancers
- some conditions, such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Chrohn’s disease, and some other digestive diseases
- some surgical procedures, including removing the stomach
- kidney failure
- vitamin D deficiency
- phosphate deficiency
The body eliminates some calcium in sweat, urine, and faeces. Acidic foods (ready & microwave meals) fizzy drinks and alcohol and the activities that encourage these functions may reduce the levels of calcium in the body.
There are many forms of calcium supplements on the market and we always recommend doing your research and look out for plant or food derived calcium should you feel you need to supplementation your diet.
There are however some risks if taking high quantities of certain calcium supplements such as:
- kidney problems
- calcification of soft tissues and blood vessels
- kidney stones
- reduction in iron absorption
Calcium is essential for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth along with many other roles, it may also help manage blood pressure.
It is always best to obtain sufficient calcium through dietary sources, such as those noted in this document.
The calcium found in our Simply Naturals mineral blend, along with all of the other minerals and trace elements is in the same form as those found in foods.
As we always suggest, anyone who is concerned about their calcium intake or is experiencing symptoms of a calcium deficiency should speak to their doctor ensuring they are familiar with this aspect of nutrition.
For more details on our Plant Derived Minerals and our other great products including our Multi Vitamins, please visit our website at: www.SimplyNaturals.com
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FRESH FOOD SOURCES
If you are keen to find a good source of vegetables and other foods – move away from the supermarkets and find a local farm shop – the quality and taste of the goods in these places can be SO much better – the taste and lasting quality can be SO good.
We’re lucky enough to have one such place not far from us just north of the town of Bridport – Washingpool Farm is the name and walking into the shop you can just smell the difference in the produce. The carrots taste wonderful (and LAST a lot longer on the shelf than ANY supermarket versions have) – the weight of the lettuces was a surprise! Again – lasting so much longer. Bananas and the comparison to supermarket versions? NO contest! The lasting of our farm shop versions is wonderful!!!
Prices are very good in comparison as well!
We have had a LOT of interest in our healthy breakfast!
Do take a look for the list of ingredients and look forward to generally better energy and better gut behaviour!!
A meal like this is FAR better than the “cures” that are seen on TV ads for “heartburn” and “reflux”…..just saying!