Did you know that the cheapest & the best form of calcium are sold at the same rate in market?
Our body is the biggest chemical factory of the world and the term health denotes that all the chemical reactions are happening as per protocol and as a consequence the health is said to be good . Any deviation , acceleration or slow down in these reactions appear on the body in various forms . These all chemical reactions are governed by no of substances , some are basic and very essential for the normal functioning of the body’s chemical factory .
Some minerals and vitamins are micro grams or even less but their importance is very important and cannot be undermined .
In today’s topic we are going to discuss one very important essential element to our body i.e Calcium .
Though everybody knows its importance but very know the functions it performs or role played in the normal functioning of health . Mostly people only understands that it is essential for the growth of bones.
The normal calcium levels for adults can range from 8.8 to 10.4 miligram per decilitre . If someone is having lower than 8.8 mg/dl then it is deficiency of calcium .
Deficiency of calcium is seen in new born within two days of birth . Calcium deficieny is easy to treat by adding supplements of calcium to diets . The calcium supplements are available in liquid , tablet and chew-able forms .
Why do we need Calcium ?
Calcium is an important nutrient required by your body for many basic functions like to circulate blood , move muscles , release hormones . Calcium also helps carry messages from your brain to other parts of your body . Your bones are reservoirs of calcium . If you are not taking enough calcium in your diet body would draw it from bones .
The calcium is not produced by body so you have to rely on calcium rich diets or supplements . Food which are rich in calcium include
- dairy products such as milk , cheese
- white beans & yogurt
- Dark green vegetables such as Kale , spinach and broccoli
- Calcium fortified breads & cereals , soy products and orange juices
The one essential element for absorption of calcium in the body is Vitamin D which is produced by skin with exposure to sunlight.
The adequate levels of calcium are important for women to ease symptoms of premenstrual syndrome . The deficiency of calcium with advancing age can lead to many problems like osteoporosis , memory loss , muscle spas , depression , numbness and tingling in the hands , feet and face , weak & brittle nails & Most commonly known easy fracturing of the bones
Different form of Calcium Supplements available
There are various forms of calcium supplements . Two most common are calcium carbonate and calcium citrate .
Calcium carbonate is the cheapest but absorption is low so prevalence of Kidney stone is high . The citrate is having better absorption than carbonate and very popular as supplements .
There are now other superior forms of calcium with very high absorption of 85 to 90 % are available in the market like calcium orotate and calcium ascorbate . They have very low risk of Kidney & stone formation due to high absorption . The only adverse factor is that they are more expensive than carbonate and citrate form .
But very interesting feature we have observed that in Indian market the prices of calcium orotate and calcium ascorbate are comparable with carbonate and citrate , despite being superior on all parameters.
Too much of calcium can have negative side effects also .
As with everything in this world unlimited or too much of any minerals , vitamins or element is counter productive and there are always optimum levels of all nutrients . It is advisable to take all supplements under the guidance of health practitioner or nutritionist
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