Calcium Not Just For Bones

@kathy77 (7488)
Australia
April 21, 2007 12:54pm CST
Calcium isn't just crucial for healthy bones. It's also helpful in preventing colon caner and facilitating good muscle contraction, including the heart, if we don't get enough calcium, our bodies will leach it from our bones. Dairy's full of calcium, Other sources include:- Green leafy vegies, almonds, fortified soy milk and orange juice, seaweed and molasses.
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@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
Yes, we really need calcium. I didn't know that molasses is also a source of calcium. Thanks a lot for the information.
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• United States
21 Apr 07
I didn't know that calcium was good for colon cancer too. That runs in my immediate family. Guess I will have to eat more greens. Wonderful post again sugar. Thank you and I am rating you another + for it. Keep them coming. Have a great day Kathy.
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
23 Apr 07
Yes calcium is very good for us especially as it cleanses our colon as well as everything else what a wonderful thing that they have this so that more people if they used calcium would not suffer so much from colon cancer which is supposed to be the worse cancer of the lot.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
22 Apr 07
I am really careful to make sure I get enough calcium. I am on the Depo shot and one of the side effects is that is causes bone deterioration. I have been taking my multi vitamins and also take an extra calcium supplement on top of that. Calcium is very important.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
21 Apr 07
This is good information about the values of calcium in our bodies, and may I add that calcium needs to be replaced DAILY in our bodies. So we should all be eating foods that contain calcium every single day to keep our bodies and bones in good shape.
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
Our health is very important. Health is wealth - that's wht they say and I believe it. Calcium has a very important role in the maintenance of good health. Thanks a lot for the information.
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@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
I agree with you kathy77. Aside from being an essential nutrient for bones. it is also essential nutrient for teeth. BOth of them using about 99% of the calcium in the body. The remaining 1% is essential for many cellular functions, including the maintenance of proper electrolyte balance in the heart muscle & regulation of heart rhythm. calcium also aids in clotting & is essential for proper nerve transmission. It helps maintain normal blood pressure & therefore plays a role in preventing hypertension.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
22 Apr 07
The Importance of Calcium in the Diet Calcium is absorbed in the small intestine; this process is dependent on vitamin D. To provide the rigid structure of the skeleton calcium is vital, around about 3lb of the body's weight is calcium, 99 per cent being in the teeth and bones. It is important in growing children to help bones grow and the elderly as the ability to absorb calcium becomes impaired with age. Together with magnesium it is needed for nerves and muscles to function properly. It also helps to maintain the right acid/alkaline balance and blood to clot. An adult needs a daily calcium intake of between 700 and 1000mg. Those at risk of osteoporosis may need as much as 1500mg a day. This protection is boosted when combined with linoleic acid from evening primrose oil. Calcium and phosphorus work together on a ratio of two to one for healthy teeth and bones and calcium and magnesium work together for cardiovascular health. The two most deficient minerals in a women's diet are calcium and iron. Calcium supplements have shown to protect against pre-eclampsia which is high blood pressure in pregnancy. It is a good idea to increase calcium consumption during the last three months of pregnancy and the first few months of lactation to ensure that the baby get sufficient amount of calcium to help bone development and growth. If the baby doesn't get enough calcium from its mother, it will be withdrawn from the mothers bones, possibly leading to bone disease in the future. Calcium like sodium and potassium contribute to both extracellular and intracellular cell environment. Calcium is also needed as intercellular cement to keep the cells of the body together. It also controls fluid to allow enzyme reaction to take place. Calcium is vital for the contraction of muscle. The brain sends nerve impulses that release calcium in the muscle which triggers muscle reactions. Calcium also helps to control cholesterol. Calcium helps in the process of secretion, bile, pancreatic fluid, gastric, intestinal, hormonal and mucous all rely on calcium to move the small droplets through the cells boundaries and cell walls. Source: http://www.nulife-weightloss.com/article/calciumhealth.htm
• United States
22 Apr 07
Thanks! I learn something every day. I also know that calcium is one of the electrolytes that work within your nerve cells along with potassium, sodium and glucose. I forgot where I learned that, but I remember because sometimes I have problems with my Glial cells and that's one of the minerals they use to help conduct electricity in the body. Of course, I could be wrong. I just know that when I don't get my calcium supplements, I have problems. You're right about the heart, too, because I have a harder time with my heartbeat when I don't take calcium, too.