Calcium - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources
Acid/Alkaline :: Alkaline-forming
Types: protein bound Ca. 46%; diffusable Ca. 6.5%; ionized Ca. 47.5%
What is Calcium?Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth and for the maintenance of healthy gums. Most of the calcium in our bodies - 99 percent of it - is found in our bones and teeth and remaining 1 percent is found throughout the body in blood, muscle, and the fluid between cells.
Uses and Benefits of Calcium
Recommended Dosage of Calcium
The minimum Recommended Dosage Allowance of Calcium are :-
Deficiency Symptoms of Calcium
A lack of utilization is epidemic. Utilization requires parathyroid/thyroid hormones and alkalization.
Short term deficiencies: muscle cramping and spasms, pounding heartbeat, loss of sleep, irritability, tooth decay, periodontal disease, softened bones, nervousness, back and leg cramps, brittle bones, connective tissue weakness including varicose and spider veins, hemorrhoids, prolapsed conditions of organs and skin, petechiae, hot flashes, hot and cold syndrome, and heart arrhythmias. Plays a role in muscular contraction. Use is regulated by parathyroid hormone and vitamin D. Builds bones and teeth. Normalizes heart action, nerve irritability, blood coagulation, normalizes metabolism. Calcium neutralizes excessive serum histamines. Increased calcium consumption can increase calcitonin production by the thyroid gland (C-cells). This actually inhibits bone re absorption, thus creating the opposite effect of rebuilding your bones. Lead interferes with calcium utilization.
Long term deficiencies: Osteoporosis, scoliosis, rickets and diseases involving the loss of calcium from the bones or the failure of growing bones to have enough calcium for strength and proper growth. Stunted growth. Also, arthritis and depression.
Rich Food Sources of Calcium
Kelp, sesame seeds, dark leafy green vegetables, carrots, oranges, almonds, broccoli, papaya, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, tofu, bone meal, brown rice, and most fruits and vegetables.
Note: Coffee, commercial teas, carbonated drinks, (soda pops, etc.), marijuana, excess salt, cigarettes, refined sugars, alcohol, and chemical diuretics all inhibit or "pull" calcium out of bone and tissues.
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