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Calcium, the Most Abundant Mineral Found In Our Bodies?

May 8, 2008
Calcium is the most profuse mineral found in the human body, which means it is one of the most important. It is essential for your bones, muscles, and teeth, not to mention the vital role it plays in other bodily functions. The multi-functional role calcium plays in your body is the reason why it is important to get the calcium your body needs.

One way of getting the calcium you need is through your diet, but if your diet lacks enough calcium, calcium supplements are one way you can increase your daily intake, but it is important to know a little about calcium supplements before you begin taking them. Calcium deficiency can be the cause of many adverse effects.

The amount of calcium your body needs varies on age and whether or not you are pregnant. For the average 19-50 year old, the recommended daily intake is 1000 milligrams a day. So, if you aren't getting your 1000 milligrams you might be at risk. Though calcium supplements pose little health threat, there are important aspects to take into consideration before you begin taking the supplements.

Calcium supplements pose little health threat, but there are important aspects you should take into consideration before beginning calcium supplements. Some prescription medications do not mix with calcium, so be sure to ask you doctor about calcium supplements and how they might interact with your medications. Calcium may make kidney stones worse. Calcium comes attached to another element, such as carbonate.

Check the label for a USP symbol, which means the supplements are free from mercury, lead, and other metals. Also, since calcium supplements come in a variety of sizes, be sure to check the label for the size of the serving. Because calcium is so crucial for your body to function, calcium supplements are something to consider if you think you may not be getting the daily recommended intake. But, as always, check with your doctor if you have any hesitations or reservations.
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