Women hear from multiple sources that we need to take more calcium daily. So, understanding a bit more about this important mineral is crucial.
Calcium is an essential component of our bones, musculoskeletal structure and has a vital role in many metabolic functions. Mild to moderate deficiency of calcium can affect blood pressure regulation, electrolyte balance, and muscle contraction. What’s more, this may affect the capacity of the biological system to carry electrical impulses around the body, regulate the release of hormone and maintain the health of oral cavity.
According to the National Osteoprosis Foundation, it is critical to get the right amount of calcium and Vitamin D daily.
From the NOF: "Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting your bones, both by helping your body absorb calcium and by supporting muscles needed to avoid falls. Children need vitamin D to build strong bones, and adults need it to keep their bones strong and healthy. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, and you’re more likely to break bones as you age."
The NOF also advocates getting as much of your Calcium and Vitamin D from natural food sources as possible. When supplements are indicated, the heavy nature of mineral supplements are to take with caution.
As with any supplement routine check with your personal health care provider for their recommendation of supplementation.