Calcium - Why is it important?

CALCIUM: YOUR BODY’S MOST ABUNDANT MINERAL

Want to know about the different sources of calcium and how much you need? Read on to find out this and more.

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Your body contains many essential minerals, and Calcium is the most abundant of them all, making up to 1.5 to 2% of our body weight.

According to the NHS, an adult’s calcium intake should be 700 mg of Calcium a day, and it is advised that you should be able to get all the Calcium you need from your diet in foods such as milk, cheese, broccoli, soya beans, bread and nuts.1 The body needs vitamin D to absorb Calcium.

How does the body control calcium levels?

We have four parathyroid glands that produce the parathyroid hormone in the body; its role helps control calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D in bones and the blood. The levels of these minerals must be maintained for normal bones and teeth.2

How to meet the recommended daily intake of Calcium?

There are different variations of calcium supplements; the two main types are calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. Calcium carbonate is the most concentrated form of Calcium and is the most common of the two. It must be consumed with food for your body to process it the best way. Concerning calcium citrate, you can take it with or without food.

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