Hey!!! Welcome to the 2nd Edition of healthy series with GOSSY. Perhaps, you’ve heard or learnt that Calcium is good for you but realistically, you are could be quite murky on how important it is beyond the basics on building strong bones and teeth and healthy gums. You are on the right page and this is just the 2nd Edition. If you are just joining us, click here for the 1st Edition to keep up with us.
Benefits of Calcium
Interestingly, the benefits of calcium are numerous (maybe not so many numerous) beyond the known functional benefits of strengthening the bones and building strong teeth and healthy gums. Some of these benefits include:
1. Bone Strengthening
Calcium helps to strengthen the backbone and keeps the body in good bone shape, alleviating the presence of back ache. It also helps with skeletal complaints like arthritis and osteoporosis(a bone disease which makes the bones porous, fragile & vulnerable to fracture; early symptoms include joint pain) which hinder freedom of movement apart from being extremely painful
2. Preventing Obesity – Keeping slim and trim is what is trending. Calcium efficiently helps in maintaining optimal body weight in both males and females. If there is a calcium deficiency in your diet, the body tends to release parathyroid hormone, which in turn stimulates the bones to release calcium into your blood stream. This maintains the balance. On the other side, parathyroid hormone also stimulates the production of fat and prevents its break down, which can subsequently make you obese. Basically, make sure that you are taking the right amount of calcium, but not too much,(coz of the parathyroid hormone, you know)
3. Protecting the Cardiac Muscles – Calcium protects your heart muscles. Sufficient amounts of calcium can help cardiac muscles to contract and relax properly. Calcium also helps the nervous system maintain the proper pressure in your arteries. If there is a calcium drop, a hormone called calcitrol is released, which contracts the smooth muscles of the arteries, thereby increasing the blood pressure. Cardiac muscles need extracellular calcium ions for contraction. When the intracellular concentration of calcium increases, the calcium ions gather together on the protein troponin. This stimulates the secretion of extracellular fluid and the intracellular stores, including that of the skeletal muscle, which is only activated by calcium stored in the sarcoplasmic reticulum.
4. Preventing Colon Cancer – Adequate calcium prevents overall risk of colon cancer and suppresses the growth of polyps that can lead to cancer. Calcium supplementation reduces the risk of adenomas, as well as non-malignant tumors in the colon. This is actually a precursor to colon cancer, but it’s still not known if calcium intake minimizes the cancer risk completely. The excess calcium is left in your intestines after your body absorbs what it needs. On its way through the colon, this unabsorbed calcium is believed to bind with cancer promoters so they’re excreted together from the body. Studies have shown that both food sources of calcium and calcium supplements provide this protective effect. Calcium supplements should be taken in liquid form because liquid vitamins absorb 5 times better than the pills.
5. Preventing Premenstrual Depression – Adequate amounts of calcium lessen the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome like dizziness, mood swings, hypertension and many others. Low levels of calcium might trigger the release of the hormones that are responsible for premenstrual mood swings including irritability and depression.
6. Prevents Kidney Stones – Kidney Stones are actually crystallized deposits of calcium and other minerals in the human urinary tract. The most common form of kidney stones is oxalate stones. Previously, it was thought that high calcium intake or high calcium absorption develops kidney stones, but the latest studies show that high dietary calcium intake decreases the risk of kidney stones considerably. In short, dietary calcium does not cause kidney stones. Other factors like high oxalate consumption from leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, as well as reduced fluid consumption can prove to be a big cause for kidney stones (which is why you may need to take more GOSSY Natural Spring Water).
To be continued….