Oct 31, 2010

The Importance of Calcium

Calcium is a mineral that our body needs to keep our teeth and bones strong. It serves many other purposes and is vital to our health. Knowing the importance of calcium can help us manage our health better.

If you do not have enough calcium in your body, you risk getting blood clots which could lead to other serious medical problems. Thrombosis or blood clots in the arteries or veins will cause partial to total blockage which could results in heart, muscle or nerve problems. What makes it more complicated is the fact that it is not so easy to detect when you have a blood clot or not. It usually is looked for when certain surgical operations are done, or symptoms of heart ailments occur.

This is why the importance of calcium in the body cannot be overemphasized. In national surveys, results reveal that many females lack calcium in their system. Their daily intake is less than half of the required amount of calcium daily. Unfortunately, we reduce our levels of calcium through our urine and feces and to some extent, through our perspiration. Thus, if we do not take the daily recommended amount of calcium, and continue to expel calcium daily, eventually we are depriving our body of proper nutrition.

The importance of calcium is not immediately recognized especially by the youth because it take time for the problems to develop. In addition, our daily requirements for calcium changes as we age.

At a young age, we are encouraged to drink milk regularly and take in daily doses of multivitamins which contain Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to normal mineralization of bone and promotes bone growth. As we grow older, we tend to disregard milk in favor of sugary drinks and alcohol. Except as young adults, we still need calcium in our body to prevent blood clots, and keep our bones and teeth strong.

The importance of calcium in an adult is for good cardiovascular health. An average healthy adult requires about 700 to 1000 mg of calcium daily. This of course changes, if you are an adult with bone problems like osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a crippling disease that usually happens to seniors. After the age of fifty, your bones start to become more porous, It starts to thin and soften. This causes the person to decrease in height, and can be quite painful.
Osteoporosis affects more women than men, mainly because of the lack of oestregen when a woman starts menopause. That is why it is important for calcium to be replaced through Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

In women’s diet, calcium and iron are recognized as the two most neglected minerals. When pregnant, women could suffer from pre-eclampsia, or high blood. Calcium can help control this, and help with the health of the unborn child up to the first year after birth, if the mother intends to nurse her baby.

The importance of calcium is not just in the areas of teeth and bone strength, or while pregnant. You need calcium to help control your cholesterol and cell environment. It helps contract muscles and prevents cramps.

Milk is not the only way to getting calcium, you can take vitamins, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids found in fish oil and evening primrose oil. Look for food like juices and dairy products that have calcium in them.

By understanding the importance of calcium in your body, you can take the necessary steps to including it in your daily diet. This is one way to ensure that you grow old gracefully and with as little medical problems as possible.