by C. Markus on November 14th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Calcium is one of the most important minerals in the body. It is common knowledge that calcium is essential for bone health; however, many don’t realize that it also helps with the functioning of the nervous and muscular systems, clotting of blood, and release of hormones. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body, and 99% of it is found in your bones and teeth. The other 1% is stored in soft tissues and water, where is helps regulate the processes of the body such as the nervous system.
Calcium is essential throughout our lives; however, it is most important during growth and pregnancy. During pregnancy, the baby needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth, for heart health, muscle health and nerve health. If you lack calcium during pregnancy, the baby will start getting it from your own bones, causing an increased health risk.
For growing children, calcium is necessary to build bone strength. Nearly 45% of bone mass is gained during adolescence, so it is important to build strong bones while still young. If you lack calcium throughout your life, there is a good chance you will suffer from weak bones later in life.
Our bodies do not produce calcium on their own; we must get it through foods or supplements. Calcium is most commonly found in dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt; these foods contain the most calcium. It can also be found in fish with edible bones such as sardines, orange juice, tofu, salmon and dark leafy vegetables – but calcium is much less abundant in these foods. So make sure you are getting enough calcium, you will thank yourself later on in life.
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