IMPORTANCE: Calcium builds strong bones and teeth. It treats and prevents osteoporosis. It is important in the maintenance of a regular heartbeat and in the transmission of nerve impulses. It lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent cardiovascular disease. It an effective treatment for PMS. Calcium is recommended for attention deficit disorders, migraine headaches and periodontal disease. It reduces the risk of colon cancer, by neutralizing the toxic effects of cancer promoting fats and reduces the formation of polyps. It lowers blood pressure, prevents leg cramps, maintains bone density and strength. It helps prevent insomnia and anxiety. A deficiency may lead to aching joints, brittle nails, eczema, elevated blood cholesterol, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, insomnia, muscle cramps, nervousness, numbness in the arms and/or legs, rheumatoid arthritis, rickets, and tooth decay. A high protein diet, caffeine from coffee, carbonated beverages, alcohol, and antacids can diminish calcium levels in your body.
Calcium Carbonate - An excellent form of calcium and the most common found in food supplements. It is refined and purified and contains no toxic metals, such as lead and aluminum. This form of calcium is a little harder to absorb if you have low stomach acid, therefore should be taken with meals to improve absorption.
Calcium Citrate - Is calcium carbonate bound with Citrate Acid. It is easily absorbed regardless of the output of stomach acid.
Calcium Aspartate - Is calcium carbonate bound with Aspartic Acid. It is easily absorbed regardless of the output of stomach acid.
Calcium Lactate - Is calcium carbonate bound with Lactic Acid. It is easily absorbed regardless of the output of stomach acid.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in arm and leg muscles spasms, softening of bones, back and leg cramps, brittle bones, rickets, poor growth, osteoporosis ( a deterioration of the bones), tooth decay, depression.