Along with a super quality multi-vitamin to battle the effects of stress, we need additional calcium every day of our lives – everybody. If you have a heart, a nervous system, a digestive system, reproductive system, skeletal system … calcium is there, it:
- keeps blood pressure lower and protects the heart, protecting the smooth muscle tissue of the walls of the arteries (when calcium is low, a hormone is released which constricts arteries and causes high blood pressure).
- Helps control weight: If you’re low in calcium, your body thinks its starving and will release the parathyroid hormone which stimulates the production of fat and slows metabolism. A high-calcium intake suppresses those hormones and makes it harder to store less fat and breaks down fat easier (Researcher Michael B. Zemel, PhD., head of the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville).
- May protect against colon cancer and suppress the growth of polups that can lead to cancer, although researchers apparently don’t know why this happens. Both food sources of calcium and calcium supplements are said to provide the same result.
- Protect bone density from thinning/bone weakness, particularly for certain populations: children to about 18, pregnant and nursing women, menopausal women. Calcium makes up about 70% of the weight of bones and gives them strength and rigidity
- Regulates the Nervous System: helps protect from effects of stress, e.g. panic attacks
- Puts back what is robbed from too much sugar in the diet, coffee, too much sodium, alcohol and prescription drugs.
- Speeds the healing process
- Essential for proper utilization of phosphorus and vitamins B6, A and D.
- Is important for blood clotting.
I’m assuming that both calcium and magnesium and vitamin D are included, and I gave up trying to eat enough dairy and leafy green vegetables to provide what I need – so I use a the Herbalife supplement, which contains everything (even herbs) needed for the best absorption. This give me the assurance of the nutrients, but I do try to eat the healthy foods – it’s the quantity that most of us need to protect us that’s a problem!
I have often heard people mention that calcium causes kidney stones. The opposite is true. Additional calcium may actually lower your risk for the stones – there have been studies recently about this, particularly one that showed a daily calcium intake above 850 mg was associated with a decreased incidence of symptomatic kidney stones, along with plenty of fluids (not soft drinks) and perhaps reducing dietary oxalate found in rhubarb, beets and nuts.
Most multi-vitamins do not contain enough calcium, and a special calcium supplement is needed during the vulnerable periods mentioned above, e.g. pregnancy.
Wouldn’t it just be wonderful if a simple calcium supplement and sensible calcium-rich foods would help us handle stress, keep our weight and heart right? More importantly, wouldn’t it be wonderful to avoid all those prescriptions for blood pressure and bone problems – when the prescriptions carry so many health warnings?
Drink your milk … but take a great calcium supplement for your best health results!
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