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Calcium, Know Your Calcium

We all know that calcium is important, what is unclear is what type of calcium can be best utilized by the body and what other factors are important to consider when taking supplements.

Calcium is by far the most abundant mineral in the human body. Over 99% of total body calcium is found in the bones and teeth giving them their solid structure. Calcium plays a critical role in maintaining blood pressure, is essential for muscle contractions, maintaining heart beat, maintaining a strong immune system, easing insomnia, secretion of hormones and secretion of digestive enzymes. Bone is a living tissue and serves as a kind of “calcium bank” releasing calcium into the blood as it is needed and absorbing calcium from the body as it is available. When the demands of the body are greater
than the amount of calcium adsorbed from diet the calcium released from bones is not replaced and a person is at risk for developing osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is called the “silent disease”…

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