Everything You Need to Know About Calcium

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FUNCTION

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and about 99% is stored in the bones and teeth. We all grew up learning that calcium is essential for our bones and teeth but did you know it’s also essential for energy metabolism, muscle contraction (including the heart), nerve function, enzymes needed for digestion as well as blood clotting.

 

DEFICIENCY

The most well-known deficiencies are rickets and oesteomalacia. Rickets used to be quite uncommon but there have been reported incidences in recent times. These conditions are basically the softening of the bones and caused by lack of calcium but vitamin D is vital for the absorption so make sure you get your 20 minutes sun exposure every day or take a daily vitamin D supplement.

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Fabulous Food : Oats!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears knew how to start the day well. Swap the cereal for a bowl of hot porridge for a great source of energy keeping the blood sugar nice and balanced. They contain a certain type of fibre called beta-glucan which can help lower cholesterol levels reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Ditch the sugary syrups and top with nuts, seeds and fresh fruits.