Health benefit – the humble but vital calcium

Health benefit – the humble but vital calcium

Calcium is an important component of a healthy diet and a mineral necessary for life. calcium-175

The National Osteoporosis Foundation says, “Calcium plays an important role in building stronger, denser bones early in life and keeping bones strong and healthy later in life.”

Approximately 99 percent of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth.

The rest of the calcium in the body has other important uses, such as some exocytosis, especially neurotransmitter release, and muscle contraction.

In the electrical conduction system of the heart, calcium replaces sodium as the mineral that depolarizes the cell, proliferating the action potential. In cardiac muscle, sodium influx commences an action potential, but during potassium efflux, the cardiac myocyte experiences calcium influx, prolonging the action potential and creating a plateau phase of dynamic equilibrium.

Long-term calcium deficiency can lead to rickets and poor blood clotting and in case of a menopausal woman, it can lead to osteoporosis, in which the bone deteriorates and there is an increased risk of fractures.

While a lifelong deficit can affect bone and tooth formation, over-retention can cause hypercalcemia (elevated levels of calcium in the blood), impaired kidney function and decreased absorption of other minerals.

Several sources suggest a correlation between high calcium intake (2000 mg per day, or twice the U.S. recommended daily allowance, equivalent to six or more glasses of milk per day) and prostate cancer.

High calcium intakes or high calcium absorption were previously thought to contribute to the development of kidney stones.However, a high calcium intake has been associated with a lower risk for kidney stones in more recent research.Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium.

Dairy products, such as milk and cheese, are a well-known source of calcium.

Some individuals are allergic to dairy products and even more people, in particular those of non Indo-European descent, are lactose-intolerant, leaving them unable to consume non-fermented dairy products in quantities larger than about half a liter per serving.

Others, such as vegans, avoid dairy products for ethical and health reasons.

An overlooked source of calcium is eggshell, which can be ground into a powder and mixed into food or a glass of water

In addition, for some drinks (like soy milk or orange juice[citation needed]) it is typical to be fortified with calcium.

Even if you don’t drink milk, you can get the calcium you need by eating high-calcium foods that are free of lactose.

Milk and foods made from milk are not the only sources of calcium.

Other good choices are calcium-rich, low fat foods from the other food groups.

Some fruits and vegetables that are high in calcium include

  • kale,
  • collard greens,
  • bok choy,
  • broccoli,
  • oranges.

Other calcium-rich foods that are low in saturated fat include calcium-treated tofu and cooked dried beans.

Foods that are fortified with added calcium, such as soy milk, juices, cereals, and pasta, are also excellent sources of calcium.  exerpts plus other interesting articles from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


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