Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth and promotes strong bone formation. Calcium is essential for maintenance of a regular heartbeat, and prevention of cardiovascular disease, lowers cholesterol levels, maintains healthy gums and a natural tranquilizer for nerves.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body making up approx 90% where it is found predominately in the bones, teeth and the skeletal system.
Vitamin A, C, D, K and the minerals Magnesium and Phosphorus work synergistically with calcium to function efficiently. If a deficiency occurs the body will progressively withdraw the calcium it needs from the bones and teeth. Sunlight is also essential for calcium absorption and repair of all fractures.
Calcium prevents muscle cramps and is required for muscular growth and contraction.
It is essential for the involuntary muscular movements of the intestines (peristaltic action) which promotes proper elimination and digestion of foods. Calcium regulates and lowers blood pressure. It also has a role to play preventing bone loss associated with osteoporosis. Important in blood clotting and helps prevent cancer.
Calcium maintains proper cell membrane permeability, maintains healthy glands, arthritis and may protect bones and teeth from lead toxicity. It also improves the vital acid – alkaline balance of the body.
Calcium protects against – sunburn, muscle cramps, menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), pains, pre-menstrual tension, anemia, virus infections, preeclampsia during pregnancy and improves the skin’s elasticity and firmness to the cells and tissues of the body. Calcium improves all skin conditions and prevents acne.
Female athletes and menopausal women require greater amounts of Calcium due to their estrogen levels being lower which makes them more at risk of a deficiency. Estrogen plays a role in protecting the skeletal system by promoting the deposition of calcium in the bone.
Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, poor growth in children, irregular heartbeat, hypertension, varicose veins, lung disease, backache, bone pain, joint pain, fractures, lead toxicity, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), menopausal women, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), psychiatric patients, constipation, gastric ulcer, heartburn, adrenal and kidney health, kidney stones, diabetes, cancer, hemochromatosis, insulin resistance, obesity, fatigue, depression, migraine, headaches, nervousness, irritability, Alzheimer's, ADHD, autism, periodontal disease, bruxism (grinding teeth), poor nail growth, acne, eczema, herpes simplex, shingles.
Antagonist: Extreme exercise, high oxalic acid diet (almonds, cashews, beet greens, chard, kale, rhubarb, soybeans, and spinach), refined sugar, alcohol, chocolate (cocoa), water softeners, sodium (salt), soft drinks.