Dairy consumption and calcium intake does not always build the healthy bone or muscle we think it might. The U.S. has one of the highest rates of dairy consumption but osteoporosis occurs at a very high rate. Ten million Americans have osteoporosis and the number is rising.
We can not get all the calcium we need from the food we eat or from a calcium 'pill'. Most calcium "pills" are so hard and so compressed because the synthetic vitamin company knows we as humans want the cheapest thing we can find and get the most we can get for that cost. The bottle with the highest milligram content (mg) on the bottle and the lowest price usually wins the sales battle.
But what happens to the calcium that is in the pill once it is swallowed?
It is not absorbed by the body. In fact the body will just send it right through to make a better more expensive waste to be flushed down the toilet.
Seems ridiculous doesn't it. But if the pill is not put together correctly, the body cannot absorb it. It might be too hard to break down or not contain the other ingredients necessary for the body to use the calcium. Not all supplements are created equal.
If you imagine calcium as a building black - like a brick - then you need to have the mortar to hold the blocks together.
The mortar for our calcium block is made up of other vitamins and minerals. Magnesium and Vitamin D are two of the more important ones. They help the body absorb the calcium and to be able to use it. They are the mortar that works with the calcium to make a strong wall.
Science has shown what you body has known all along. Nothing is useful by itself. It is the balanced combination of vitamins and minerals that keep the body working at peak levels.
It takes a proper blend of nutrients in order for our body to be healthy.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. It might even be called the most important one.
We all think of Calcium as the bone and teeth mineral, but it does much more.
While almost all the calcium in the body is stored in the bones, it is continually removed from them to be used in other body functions.
Here is a list of just a few of the things calcium does for us:
Probably the most notable disease or purpose or calcium is to ward off osteoporosis.
Anyone deficient in calcium can develop osteoporosis, but post-menopausal women have a better chance to develop it. Regular exercise and a healthy diet with supplemental calcium that is absorbable will help prevent osteoporosis and the broken bones associated with this degenerative disease.
But everyone needs Calcium, including children and men.
Our modern diets actually work against us in our goal to get all the nutrients we need. For example, soft drinks leach the calcium from the bones of everyone who drinks them and especially the youngest generation.
The U.S., one of the most affluent countries on earth, has one of the highest osteoporosis rates. Nutrient poor foods as well as bad choices in our diets have given rise to the osteoporosis problem.
In fact the Surgeon General estimates by the year 2020 over half (1/2) the population 50 years old and older will suffer from osteoporotic fractures. Not just have osteoporosis but actually get fractures because of it.
And yes he said FIFTY (50) years old, not 65 or 70.
You can think of calcium intake as your retirement savings. Getting more while you are young is like money in the bank for later in life. But according to a scientific study, this is not happening. 87% of teenage girls were not getting the recommended daily intake of calcium.
Osteoporosis is a concern at any age.
1000 mg of useable calcium are recommended for ages between 19-50 and 1200 to 1500 mg for ages after 50.
A good calcium supplement is the best way to ensure you are getting those amounts. Modern food choices make it difficult to get the requirements through diet alone.
Don't forget what I said at the top of the page about the cheapest not always being the best. If you are going to take a bad supplement, you might as well take nothing at all. In fact you might be better off with none compared to a toxic, synthetic, non-useable product.
Most of us research the new phone or car we want to buy but don't take the time to do the same for those things we put in our bodies.
Do a little research -
Remember the goal was to improve our health...
Think about it!