Calcium is a soft grey earth metal (atomic symbol = Ca) that is an important, essential mineral for humans. In many animals it is the most abundant metal because of the role it plays in building an animal's structure. It is particularly important during the years you are growing and developing.
It is suggested that calcium is used best when taken with Vitamin D, magnesium, after consuming protein, and goes well with regular exercise.
Benefits of Calcium
Most people are familiar with the significant role calcium plays in building strong bones and teeth. This is where the majority (about 90%) of your calcium is stored. Calcium joins with phosphorous to make calcium phosphate. Calcium phosphate is the main component to give the body its structure.
Calcium has other roles as well including helping the body transmit nerve impulses, for muscle contraction, sleeping, and helps with blood clotting.
Calcium deficiency can cause osteoporosis, tooth decay, more bone fractures, tingling in your nerves, and muscle spasms. Toxicity issues with calcium can cause hypercalcemia, which is an elevated blood-calcium level resulting in the hardening of soft tissue.
High calcium foods are broccoli, peas, spinach, yogurt, cow's milk, almonds, sesame seeds, and cheese. It is recommended for adults to consume 800-1200 mg of calcium per day.