Calcium – so important for us as we age
Calcium is need for healthy bones and teeth, and correct blood coagulation. It is use by the muscles to help produce energy, and plays a role in heart- muscle function and muscle response. In the absence of adequate dietary calcium the body goes into a ‘negative calcium balance’, which forces it to extract calcium from its skeletal stores (bone) to supply it for its many other needs. This will, of course, weaken the bones if it happens continually. Abnormalities in coagulation and heart-muscle function rarely occur when calcium levels are balanced and optimal.
The absorption of calcium can be positively influenced by vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is important for correct absorption of calcium in the intestines and bones. Without sufficient vitamin D3, calcium will not integrate into the bones, and as a result they will become soft. Calcium also plays a crucial role in nerve impulse transmission, is needed for the absorption of vitamin B12, for the activation of numerous enzymes, and is involved in coagulation, cell growth and hormone metabolism. Calcium also contributes to the maintenance of a normal energy metabolism, to the healthy functioning of digestive enzymes, and plays a role in cell division and cell proliferation.
The uptake of calcium by the body is affected by numerous factors: Sufficient exercise and adequate vitamin D3 will help supply an increased uptake. Too little exercise and inadequate vitamin D3 will decrease uptake.
Magnesium should also be taken with calcium to help protect the heart. Magnesium can help avoid a buildup of calcium in the arteries. Magnesium is a natural channel blocker of calcium in the cells. When an excess of calcium builds up in the cells (namely the cells of arteries) it can cause plaque buildup.
In addition, the elderly have a slower calcium uptake, and in women, the hormonal changes during menopause adversely affect calcium uptake. Alcohol is also responsible for a reduced uptake of Calcium.
Non-active ingredients: Magnesium stearate, Gelatine
Take two (2) capsules per day with a bit of water during meals.
- Do not exceed the recommended daily dose
- Keep out of reach of young children
- Nutritional supplements should not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle
- Children, pregnant women, and women who are breastfeeding, consult your pharmacist before use
- Check with simultaneous intake of medicines
- No long-term use without professional advice.