Calcium

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names

  • Bonemeal
  • Calcium Aspartate
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Calcium Chelate
  • Calcium Citrate
  • Calcium Citrate Malate
  • Calcium Gluconate
  • Calcium Lactate
  • Calcium Orotate
  • Dolomite
  • Oyster Shell Calcium
  • Tricalcium Phosphate

Uses

Principal Proposed Uses

Other Proposed Uses

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, making up nearly 2% of total body weight. More than 99% of the calcium in your body is found in your bones, but the other 1% is perhaps just as important for good health. Many enzymes depend on calcium in order to work properly, as do your nerves, heart, and blood-clotting mechanisms. To build bone, you need to have enough calcium in your diet. But in spite of calcium-fortified orange juice and the best efforts of the dairy industry, most Americans are calcium deficient. 1 Calcium supplements are a simple way to make sure you are getting enough of this important mineral. One of the most important uses of calcium is to help prevent and treat osteoporosis, the progressive loss of bone mass to which menopausal women are especially vulnerable. Calcium works best when combined with vitamin D. Other meaningful evidence suggests that calcium may have an additional important use: reducing PMS symptoms.

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