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The Role of Calcium in the Human Body

Calcium is a mineral necessary to build and maintain strong bones and teeth, which also aids a number of other body processes. These include blood clotting, blood vessel and muscle contraction, enzyme and hormone secretion and the central nervous system functioning. Calcium happens to be the body’s most common mineral. On average, calcium makes up about 2.3% of a person’s body weight. Nearly all calcium in the body is stored in bones. Its role is […]

When More Vitamins and Minerals Are Needed

Although our knowledge about nutrition has grown tremendously over the past few decades, there is still some disagreement among the experts on the exact amount of vitamins and minerals the average person needs. The standard recommended dietary allowances may be fine for a typical adult, but they are often too low (or in some cases too high), for individuals in special circumstances, such as pregnancy or advancing age. Therefore, some people may need to consider […]

Dietary Calcium and Prevention of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, characterized by the loss of bone density and strength, is the major underlying cause of bone fractures in postmenopausal women and the elderly. We now know that by maintaining a calcium-rich diet from childhood onward, we can dramatically improve our odds of escaping this disease. Osteoporosis-related fractures can occur in any bone, with the most common being the spinal column, the hip and the wrist. Rapid loss of bone mass starts occurring in a […]

Calcium Increasing the Risk of Heart Attack

The field of diet and nutrition is a pretty weird and wonderful world and the closer you get to understanding it, the more bizarre some of its doctrines can start to look. One such example, we are going to take a closer look at, are the health benefits of calcium supplements. One large observational study, following close to 24,000 participants of the prestigious EPIC study, recently revealed that regular consumers of calcium supplements were nearly […]