Calcium

This essential mineral is integral to the construction and maintenance of bones, among other things.

The Benefits of Calcium

Calcium is an integral component of your bodies bones. Over 99% of the calcium in your body is found in your bones, providing structural support.

Calcium plays the largest role in building and maintaining strong bones. There are studies that suggest that calcium may play other roles in the body even if they are definitely secondary to bone health. Some of these other possible benefits include protecting against cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Recently calcium is hypothesised to help you slim down by boosting your metabolism. It's said that calcium promotes more fat to be burned and less fat to be stored, however there needs to be more evidence to confirm this definitely.

Because of it's huge role in the bones health, it has been shown to help with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the deterioration of bone density making the bones become brittle and much more susceptible to breaking or wearing down the cartilage in your joints causing osteoarthritis. 

There is new, unconfirmed, evidence to suggest that calcium can help women fight PMS symptoms. It's thought to help regulate the negative side effects of PMS, or at the very least prevent it from being any worse than it already is. 

Different Types of Calcium

Calcium is an integral part of our bones, without which the bones would deteriorate and immobilize us forever. While that's true there's no way to completely remove calcium from your bones. However you can be short on calcium and thus weakening your bones and making them more likely to break or cause osteoarthritis in your joints. 

Calcium carbonate information.

Calcium Carbonate

Calcium Carbonate contains the highest ratio of elemental calcium with an extremely high 40% calcium by weight. This means that you'll be getting the most calcium per capsule with this form, however it's not easily absorbed like calcium citrate and has to be taken with meals.

Calcium Citrate and how it can help you.

Calcium Citrate 

Calcium Citrate is calcium that's attached to citric acid. Because of this the calcium can be absorbed without the presence of stomach acid, meaning it can be taken on an empty stomach. Calcium citrate is the most easily absorbed calcium on the market by far because of it's citric acid base.

Calcium Lactate and how it can benefit you life.

Calcium Lactate 

When you think of lactose you probably think of milk or some other dairy products. However this has nothing to do with that despite sounding almost exactly the same. This calcium does not contain dairy in any way and is average but not bad when compared to other calcium products.

Calcium Dosage

While these benefits are amazing, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking more is better, when that's not always the case. 

When it comes to calcium there is a limit to how much you should take based on a few factors. Adults from the ages 19-50 as well as males from 51-70 should take about 1000mg daily. For women from the ages 51-70, they should take about 1200mg daily. However if you're a woman who's pregnant or breastfeeding then you should be taking about 1300mg daily. 

It's advised to not take any more than 2000mg daily unless under the supervision of a healthcare provider. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out how much is right for you!

What is the correct calcium dosage?

The Benefits of Calcium Supplements

Make sure you're not a calcium deficiency statistic, or that you're missing out on these BONEafide (pun intended) benefits.