Calcium

Calcium is a vital mineral that helps regulate many of your body functions.

In the mainstream, the answer for brittle bones is to simply take more calcium.  We are bombarded with marketing that tells us to take more calcium and drink more milk.  People go to the drug store and pick up a calcium carbonate supplement in the highest dose you can find because their doctor “told them to”.  If improving osteoporosis was all about taking more calcium then we wouldn’t have the incredible amount of bone loss that we do.  The solution of “more calcium” is obviously not working.  We are ending up with brittle bones anyways and deposits of calcium in our joints, arteries, kidneys and gallbladder.

Instead of taking more calcium we should take more magnesium, silica and vitamins D3&K and boron.  Your sodium and potassium levels need to be balanced as well.  Many of us get more than enough calcium, but don’t get the required nutrients for our bodies to utilize that calcium.

Symptoms Of Calcium Deficiency

Fast oxidizer, muscle cramps and spasms, tooth decay, irritability, nervousness, anxiety, fight-flight or freeze reaction, insomnia, bruising, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, increased tendency to absorb lead and cadmium.    Some of these issues can also be the result of magnesium and other trace mineral deficiencies.

You may also notice behavioral issues like feeling emotionally unstable, irritability, hyperkinetic behavior, nervousness, short tempered, tense, unable to slow down, extroverted, lack of psychological buffering or defense mechanisms.

If you have low calcium levels, you would benefit from supplementing with more Vitamin D.

Symptoms Associated With Excess Calcium

These symptoms can include: Slow oxidation, fatigue, kidney stones, gall stones, arthritis, hardening of your arteries, constipation, and bone spurs.

If you have kidney stones, they will tell you to stay away from vegetables that contain oxalates.  Instead, you should supplement with magnesium, vitamin C and other trace minerals.

You may have too much calcium if you are feeling rigid, defensive, withdrawn, introverted, sluggish, numbed and fatigued.

Different types of calcium

Not all types of calcium are equal.  Our bodies don’t readily absorb every form of calcium. We also need a sufficient amount of stomach acid to adequately absorb calcium.  Many of us have used a lot of antacids and therefore have low stomach acid, which makes it harder for us to absorb minerals.

Your body will absorb chelated and ionic forms of minerals best.  Calcium carbonate is a popular form in many low quality supplements.  It is cheap to produce, but your body doesn’t absorb it well at all.  It can also cause constipation.

Herbs and Foods

You can also find calcium in herbs and vegetables.   There are just not enough nutrients in foods from commercial farmers. The minerals that used to be in our soils are depleted.

Wild harvested horsetail, nettle leaves and oatstraw are some great herbs that contain organic, bioavailable calcium.  Horsetail is also high in silica, which is vital for the formation of bones.

For more information, please read our articles about Silica and the difference between Ionic, chelated and colloidal minerals.

Introduction to Silica

Minerals: Chelated, Colloidal and Ionized (life-enthusiast.com)

https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/867.cfm

 

Author: Alicia Passmore