What is Calcium?
Calcium is the most common mineral in the body. It is found primarily in bones and teeth.
What does Calcium do?
Calcium is the major structural element in bones and teeth. Calcium also plays a role in opening and closing of blood vessels, nerve function and muscle contraction.
How common is calcium deficiency?
A true deficiency of calcium is uncommon as long as a person consumes adequate amounts in their diet.
What foods is Calcium found in?
Calcium is found in dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Small amounts are found in some vegetable such as broccoli.
Who should consider supplementing with Calcium?
People eating well rounded healthy diets containing dairy will generally get enough calcium. Certain medications can decrease the amount of calcium in the body. These medication include birth control and anti-seizure medications. Those taking these medications, people drinking more than 2 cups of caffeinated drinks per day, and women over the age of 50 at risk of developing osteoporosis should consider supplementation.
I saw in the news that calcium supplementation is linked to increased heart attacks, is this true?
Yes and no. Calcium supplementation alone may potentially lead to calcification of blood vessels. Calcium should never be taken without supplementation with Vitamin D.
There are many different kinds of calcium on the shelf, which one should I buy?
Ask your pharmacist which calcium supplement is right for you. Your pharmacist will tell you how much to take and when to take it!