Calcium is by far the most important mineral our body requires. Unfortunately it is also the one we are most likely to be deficient of.


An adult body contains about 3 – 4 pounds of calcium.Ninety-Nine percent is found in bones and teeth, with the other 1% distributed throughout the body in fluids and tissue.


If we are getting enough calcium in our diet our bodies can store reserves, and in stress situations this reserve is used. If our body has no reserves calcium then it will take the calcium it needs from our bones, usually the spine and pelvic bones.


We reach peak bone mass around age 25. By 40 – 50 , the resorption, or tearing down, may start to exceed the deposition or building up. This is how our total bone mass can start to gradually decline leading to osteoporosis. Women over the age of 50 (postmenopausal) are most at risk but younger people and older men are at risk too.


How calcium can help

  • Builds and maintains bones and teeth
  • Regulates heart rhythm
  • Aids vitality and endurance
  • Helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function
  • Aids in normal blood clotting
  • May help to lower blood pressure
  • May reduce the risk of colon cancer
  • Eases insomnia
  • Aids in the absorption of many nutrients

Symptoms of deficiency may include

Muscles cramps, Heart palpitations, Poor growth, Tooth decay, Osteoporosis (loss of bone mass),; Brittle nails, Nervousness, Depression, Insomnia, Aching joints, Softening of bones, Brittle bones


Natural Sources

Dairy foods, Salmon (with bones), Sardines, Green leafy vegetables, Broccoli, Almonds, Blackstrap molasses



  • Vitamin D is needed to properly absorb calcium.
  • Stress and immobilization can reduce your bodies ability to absorb calcium.
  • Some foods, including spinach, cocoa, soybeans and foods high in phosphates (this may include carbonated cola drinks) can interfere with the absorption of calcium into your body.
  • A light meal allows better absorption of calcium than an empty stomach
  • Caffeine increase the loss of calcium through the kidneys


Disclaimer: The information presented is for information purposes only. It is based on scientific studies or traditional usage. Consult a health care professional before using supplements or making any changes in prescribed medications. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease