Lets put Calcium in the Spot light

While most people only associate calcium with healthy bones it also has a role to play in blood clotting, muscle contraction and keeping our heart beating. As with most minerals we should make sure we are getting a good source from our diets. If we don’t or if we feel the urge to supplement this vital mineral we should understand what a supplement can offer us.

Not all things are made equal

There are various forms of calcium supplementation the ones to avoid are:

  • Calcium Carbonate – can cause nausea, bloating and constipation and needs a good amount of stomach acid to be absorbed.
  • Calcium Oxalate – may lead to formation of kidney stones
  • Calcium hydroxyapatite – may be contaminated with lead

The beneficial types include:

  • Calcium Aspartate
  • Calcium Glycinate – most bio-available
  • Calcium Citrate – assimilated by the body
  • Calcium citrate malate – exceptional absorption

Calcium supplements should be taken at night with a snack and avoid taking them with any type of fish or omega oils. Avoid taking calcium with any type of antacid medication as this can increase aluminium absorption. Like with all supplements make sure you have discussed with you GP as some medications such as antibiotics, corticosteroids, heart and thyroid medication can all be effected by calcium.

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