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Why Calcium Is So Important For Your Health

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Calcium is a very important mineral involved in a wide variety of bodily functions. It is especially important in preventing:

  • Muscle cramps at night
  • Poor sleep
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands or feet
  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Osteoporosis

The amount of daily calcium you need depends on your age and sex. The older you get, the more Calcium and Magnesium you should be taking. In postmenopausal women and aging adults, the bone breakdown will exceed the bone formation which can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Menopause can also lead to osteoporosis because the decrease in estrogen production will decrease calcium absorption.

Good sources of calcium can be found in milk, yogurt, cheese, as well as certain vegetables like Chinese cabbage, kale and broccoli.

Calcium can also be taken as a supplement, and there are two main forms. There is calcium carbonate which is more commonly available, and it is absorbed more efficiently when taken with food. There is also calcium citrate which can be taken with or without food. Calcium citrate can be a better option for individuals with inflammatory bowel disease or absorption disorders.

Vitamin D is also an important supplement that improves the absorption of calcium. For more information regarding vitamin D you can click here.

Here at our clinic we sell high quality supplements, including Calcium Citrate & Magnesium Oxide at a 1:1 ratio.

For more information on Magnesium you can click here.

For more information you can visit our products page here or contact our office at (604) 535-2500.

References:

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/