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Why is Calcium so Important?

Why is Calcium so Important?

 

Calcium assists in the absorption of nutrients, is responsible for the transmission of messages within your cells and is also required for the contraction and relaxation of your muscles.

Without calcium, nerve fiber membranes can cause repetitive signals, which end up as uncontrollable impulses, or twitches. You need to get at least 1000 mg of calcium per day from your diet. If you consume less than this amount your body will have to remove some of the calcium from your bones in order to make sure that the organs and tissues will still receive all the calcium they need.

Clearly this is not the best way to meet calcium needs of the body, because it will weaken the bones and may still prove inadequate for optimal calcium status.

According to a study published in 1996 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 뱕irtually all Americans are deficient in calcium.?This study looked at almost 2,500 women with high blood pressure, most of whom were deficient in calcium. Once the deficiency was corrected, blood pressure was normalized in 70% of the patients.

Osteoporosis, a disease of decreased bone mass, affects about 5 million American men and 25 million American women. The risk is especially high in post-menopausal women. Overall, about 50% of women over 45 already have or will have osteoporosis and bone loss. It is well known that calcium supplementation can prevent and reverse osteoporosis and the risk of dangerous fractures.

Calcium is also essential for normal hormonal balance. A study of almost 500 women performed at Columbia University and published in 1998 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showed that calcium is effective against a wide variety of PMS symptoms. Daily calcium supplements have reduced the occurrence of mood swings, headaches, food cravings and bloating by 50%!

Medical studies have shown that deficiency of calcium can lead to heart rhythm irregularities, insomnia, high blood pressure, cramps, 밽rowing pains?in teenagers, brittle nails and joint pains. Benefits of calcium include:

  1. strong bones
  2. strong teeth
  3. healthy gums
  4. normal blood clotting
  5. normal heart function
  6. normal blood pressure
  7. normal muscle contraction
  8. normal sleep pattern
  9. normal function of the nervous system and nerve impulses

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