Have you ever felt tingling in your mouth or lips? How about a “pins and needles” sensation in your hands or feet? These could be subtle symptoms of a calcium deficiency. Calcium is the largest mineral found in the body, with 99% of it stored in our bones and teeth. However, calcium plays a critical role in nerve transmission, muscle contractions, and blood clotting too.
If you had a good start in your early life with enough calcium to build strong bones, chances are your bones will stay healthy as an adult. Our maximum calcium levels are at their peak during our mid-twenties and decline naturally from there as we age. Every cell in our body uses calcium in some way. As we age our bodies do not absorb calcium as efficiently causing more calcium to be taken from our bones without replenishing the supply taken.
A calcium deficiency can exist for a long time without symptoms, however, internally the toll on our body can be significant. As bones begin to weaken and break down a disease called osteoporosis may occur. Women more often than men develop calcium deficiencies, also called hypocalcemia, due to lowered estrogen levels which occur during menopause. Menopausal women should increase their daily calcium intake and especially seek additional supplement support to prevent brittle bone disease such as osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis, also known as brittle bone disease, occurs when the body has lacked sufficient calcium levels for a long period of time. The bones become brittle and broken down making them susceptible to breaks. We have all heard about a woman who has fallen and broken a hip sometime in life, however, it may have broken before causing her to fall.
Can Anything Help?
Eating a diet high in calcium is important and good sources include dark leafy greens, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, and and many more. Sometimes even if we do have adequate calcium intake our bodies lack the ability to absorb it. For women especially, the use of supplements can be quite necessary to prevent bones from becoming weakened.
Calcium absorption is not as effective when deficiencies of Vitamin D or magnesium are present. These three minerals work together to make our bones strong. Magnesium helps convert or metabolize vitamin D, allowing for calcium to be a absorbed and utilized by the body.
Bone Restore by HoltraCeuticals is an amazing combination of minerals unlike any other supplement used to prevent osteoporosis. Bone Restore not only decreases bone re-absorption, it increases bone mineral density. Many supplements may prevent bone loss yet do not strengthen bone formation. Bone formation is necessary to prevent bones from becoming brittle.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are real and serious conditions. Read more from our “Dangerous Deficiencies” series here.