What are Minerals and What Do They Do – Calcium

Calcium: Calcium is the most abundant, essential mineral i the human body, the average person has 2 lbs – 3 lbs of calcium in the body, of which 99% is located in the teeth and bones.  Calcium is necessary to form teeth and bones and is also needed for blood clotting, transmission of signals in nerve cells, and muscle contraction.

If you drink milk you’ll get 80% more calcium in your diet compared to those that can’t or won#t drink mild.  Although the calcium content of food is important, even more important is how easily the mineral is then absorbed into the body (known as bioavailability).  Although this is true for all the nutrients we need the variation for calcium can be great particularly in supplements as they contain a wide range of calcium compounds.

Many medical doctors recommend calcium gluconate because it requires the fewest capsules or tablets to reach a given level of calcium and is readily available and inexpensive.  Unfortunately, the calcium gluconate can sometimes dissolve incorrectly in the digestive tract, resulting in poor absorption.  This can be resolved by mixing the calcium gluconate in correct ratio with magnesium carbonate and cider vinegar.  G&G have developed this in to a healthy drink – Cal-M, which mixes Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Carbonate and Cider Vinegar which is then mixed with boiling water and cold water or juice; and increases substantially, the absorption rate of the calcium in to the body thereby giving greatest benefit. 

According to the Health Food Manufacturers Association ‘Vitamins and Minerals, An Overview Of Benefits and Safety’ – the consequences of deficiency in Calcium  “There are two major groups of effects: on the structure of teeth and bones and on gestational hypertension and eclampsia/pre-eclampsia.  In the young the consequences may include stunted growth, poor quality teeth and bones and malformed bones.  Acute hypocalcaemia can result from thyroid or parathyroid surgery when the symptoms may include seizures, irritability, anxiety, aggression, agitation, confusion, delirium, hallucinations, dementia and psychosis” [in extreme cases].

Many people are intolerant to milk which is where 80% of our calcium comes from, hence we can end up with a deficiency and in these cases it is a good idea to supplement ones diet. 

For more information on Cal-M (calcium, magnesium and cider vinegar) go to http://www.gandgvitamins.com/cal-mm

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