CALCIUM is the most abundant mineral in the body, and is stored in the bones and teeth. It is a vital micronutrient our bodies need in order to carry out essential functions.
Many of us know that calcium is required to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
🧠 Calcium is also required for healthy communication between the brain and other parts of the body.
Calcium affects muscles by regulating contractions. This includes regulating the heart beating because the heart is a muscle that pumps blood.
🩸It also plays a role in the complex process of blood coagulation
(blood clotting) as it works with Vitamin K, discussed in a previous article.
The body absorbs about 20% of the calcium consumed through food, but less when taken as a supplement. Vitamin D is integral to the absorption of calcium in the gut, and eating foods with both essential vitamins, and getting enough natural sunlight is ideal to make calcium optimally usable for the body.
Food sources of Calcium include:
Dairy products 🥛
Salmon and sardines (ideally canned and with the bone)
Nuts and seeds (especially almonds, sesame and chia)
🟢Beans and lentils
Dark leafy greens
Tofu, edamame, and fortified soy milk
The statements in these articles are based on research and personal knowledge, but in NO WAY constitute medical advice. Please consult with a physician to discuss how any supplements will interact with any prescribed mediation.