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Calcium Supplements

Calcium is the most common mineral in the human body and nearly 99% of this mineral is found in bones and teeth. The remainder is used for cell signaling such as constriction and relaxation of blood vessels, nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, the secretion of hormones like insulin and to provide energy for muscle contraction. Calcium is also used as a cofactor for enzymes and proteins. Calcium is essential for life and maintaining a healthy body.

In terms of disease prevention, calcium has been found to be beneficial in studies for osteoporosis, colorectal cancer, kidney stones, pregnancy-induced hypertension (preeclampsia) and lead toxicity.

In terms of disease treatment calcium may be beneficial for reducing high blood pressure (hypertension) and premenstrual syndrome (PNS).

Importance of Calcium Supplementation

Due to the depletion of calcium in our soil and water over millennia of irrigation and agriculture, our foods and water are deficient in calcium and as a consequence we are too. Organic food does not mean that it any more or adequate amounts of any minerals, vitamins or phytonutrients.

Deficiency of calcium commonly results in osteoporosis and is associated with abnormal parathyroid function. However, there are numerous adverse cellular manifestation due to calcium deficiency. For this reason, supplementing one’s daily diet with good quality, highly absorbable calcium.

Which Form of Calcium is Best?

There are two things to consider when selecting a calcium supplement:

1) The amount of elemental calcium they contain. The term "elemental calcium" refers to the amount of calcium in a supplement that's available for your body to absorb. Some brands list elemental calcium and some brands list the total weight (usually in milligrams) of each tablet, which is the weight of the calcium, plus whatever it's bound to, such as lactate, carbonate, citrate, or gluconate.

2) The form of the bound complex used (e.g. carbonate, citrate, lactate or gluconate) can make a difference since some forms are better than others in terms of bioavailability (absorption) and other cellular benefits. Calcium lactate is the ideal choice because it has been shown to be more absorbable (bioavailable) than the other forms and is generally neutral tasting and can be used by your cells as an excellent natural energy source that can enhance performance.

Recommended Calcium Intake

Recommendations for calcium are many, b ecause it is very complex to estimate the exact amount required for any given individual. The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine has established some guidelines called Adequate Daily Intake (AI) and recommends:

          •  Children 4-8 years – 800 mg daily

          •  Children 8-13 – 1,300 mg

          •  Adolescents, adults and during pregnancy - 1,000 to 1,300 mg daily

MineralConnexin™ and MineralConnexin™ Lite - Ideal Calcium Supplement

HealthConnexin's MineralConnexin™ and MineralConnexin™ Lite are ideal choice s for your daily calcium intake for the following reasons:

          •  When taken as directed, you get 1120 mg of elemental calcium, the recommended daily dosage for           individuals over 8 years old , leaving room for the calcium you may get with food.

          •  It is a lactate form, which is highly absorbable by your body and offers insulin-independent energy.

          •  MineralConnexin™ and MineralConnexin™ Lite include all the magnesium, potassium and zinc that most           people need.

          •  It comes in a non-flavored powder that can be easily mixed in water or into most other beverage s for easy           consumption.

          •  MineralConnexin™ and MineralConnexin™ Lite alkalinize your body and cells so that you are not acidic           (pH balance).