Calcium Does More Than Strengthen Bones
Calcium is such a common mineral that we may take its benefits and our requirements for it for granted. After all, calcium is found in dairy and many green leafy vegetables, so we must be getting what we need, right? Considering your body does not produce calcium, you must rely on your diet to get the calcium you need for all its many functions. Calcium is required for bones and teeth, muscle contractions, nerve conduction, blood
coagulation and for the regulation of some hormones. Did you know that if you eat a balanced diet of calcium-rich foods, you may be getting roughly 1000mg of calcium a day and of this amount, 200 mg (approximately) is what your body absorbs into the intestinal tract (if you have a healthy gut)? The calcium is then incorporated into your blood and into your bones where it is stored (99% of calcium) and pulled out as needed. The other 800 mg (approximately) appears in your stool as undigested food waste.

Calcium is stored in your bones and your body moves it out of your bones and into your blood as needed. All works well until there is not enough calcium stored because your body does not consider whether or not you have an adequate amount. It will continue to take what it needs for hormones, blood coagulation, muscle contractions, regulating blood pressure and nerve conduction, leaving your bones with insufficient amounts, which causes them to weaken. Weakened bones can lead to Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, arthritis and bones that easily fracture. Determining if you are low in calcium is not easily identified, however, if you can check off a lot of things on this list consider adding a supplement to your health regimen and perhaps having a test for calcium and bone density conducted. Do you have consistent cramps or spasms, muscle aches and twitches, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, loose teeth, gum disease, or insomnia? There are also some factors that may impair calcium absorption such as a vitamin D and magnesium deficiency, high sodium intake, kidney disease, abnormal parathyroid function, gastric bypass surgery and some types of drugs.
What Type of Calcium Should You Choose?
Not everyone can get the calcium they need from their diet alone, especially if you are lactose intolerant, vegan or not a big fan of green leafy vegetables or dairy. In this case, a calcium supplement can help you to increase your calcium intake. The most common forms of calcium are calcium carbonate, which holds the highest concentration of elemental calcium but is not highly absorbed by the digestive system. It’s also the cheapest form of calcium because of the raw materials it is sourced from (rocks, limestone, eggshells, marine animals). The type of calcium that is most recommended by natural health care providers is calcium citrate because your gut better assimilates it. It does contain less elemental calcium, so you need
to take a bit more, but at least what you consume you can absorb and utilize. The Sisu brand of supplements contains a full line of calcium citrate options with supportive vitamin D and magnesium. Sisu Calcium & Magnesium 1:1 (has equal part calcium to magnesium), Sisu Calcium & Magnesium 2:1 (has twice as much calcium as magnesium) or Sisu Calcium & Magnesium Citrates liquid, which contains the highest amount of calcium with magnesium and vitamin D.

For your reference, other forms of calcium are oyster shell (higher absorbability but difficult to control quality and toxins contained within). Calcium gluconate (low levels of calcium concentration). Calcium lactate (found in dairy, not easily absorbed by many people). Calcium citrate-malate (higher levels of assimilation than others, good choice but more expensive) and calcium orotate (most effective form, costly and thus harder to continue with daily use). Regardless of which type of calcium you choose, it is imperative that it contains vitamin D. Your body requires vitamin D to pull calcium into your bones where it is needed. Do not take your calcium supplements all at once, spread them out with your last dose before bed. Your body gets rid of unabsorbed calcium through your kidneys, and high levels of calcium in your blood may lead to kidney problems (stones), hardened blood vessels and tissues. Do not take our calcium supplement at the same time as other medications, as it may interfere with absorption. If you have a medical condition check to be sure you can take a calcium supplement.
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