Calcium
Calcium

Sources Of Calcium

Seafood - sardines, caviar, smelt
Animal products - egg yolks
Nuts/seeds - almonds, sesame seeds, filberts
Vegetables - kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens
Dairy - cheeses, milk
Miscellaneous - molasses, kelp, brewer's yeast, torula yeast

Roles In The Body

About 99% of our calcium is found in bone structures. However, calcium is essential for four other critical roles:

Cell Membrane Regulation - affecting cell permeability, muscle contraction and nerve impulse conduction.
Body Fluid Regulation - affecting blood clotting, acidity and alkalinity.
Regulation of cell division -  
Regulation of hormone secretion - insulin

Functions Of Calcium

Circulatory - excites the heart, constricts small blood vessels
Excretory - inhibits water loss
Digestive - in excess, is constipating
Nervous - slows nerve impulse transmission
Reproductive - required for normal cell division
Endocrine - inhibits release of thyroid-releasing and other pituitary hormones
Blood - stimulates blood formation and is required for blood clotting
Muscular - reduces muscular irritability and contractibility
Skeletal - main component of bone
Metabolic - required for phosphorus metabolism and energy production in the Krebs cycle
Detoxification - inhibits uptake of lead, antagonizes cadmium
Cellular - decreases permeability of cells to sodium and potassium ions

Symptoms Associated With A Calcium Deficiency

alarm or fight-flight reaction irritability
anxiety muscle cramps and spasms
bruising nervousness
"fast" oxidation osteoporosis
high blood pressure tooth decay
insomnia  

Symptoms Associated With A Calcium Excess

apathy gall stones
arthritis hardening of arteries
constipation kidney stones
depression, mental 'slow' oxidation
fatigue withdrawal, social

Nutrients That Are Synergistic With Calcium

Absorption - vitamin A and D, stomach acidity, protein in diet
Utilization - magnesium, copper, vitamin C

Antagonistic Nutrients

Absorption - fluoride, low stomach acidity, low protein in diet, phosphorus in excess
Utilization - lead, cadmium, sodium, potassium, high protein diet increases calcium loss in urine

Hair Analysis Notes

High Hair Calcium:
  • usually indicates that calcium is leaving the bones and accumulating in the soft tissues of the body
  • high calcium is associated with a slow oxidation rate
  • good indicator of hidden copper toxicity
  • high calcium on a retest often means the body is eliminating excess calcium

  • Low Hair Calcium:
  • a low calcium level usually means calcium is being lost in the urine
  • associated with fast oxidation rate - alarm stage of stress
  • often associated with copper deficiency

  • Reasons For Calcium Supplementation

  • to slow the oxidation rate
  • to help detoxify lead and cadmium
  • to balance key mineral ratios
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