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Proper calcium absorption is crucial in maintaining strong bones and teeth, but also for preventing health problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Magnesium plays an important role in the body’s ability to properly absorb calcium. However, a careful balance of both calcium and magnesium in the body must be maintained.
When we do not have enough magnesium in our bodies, calcium can collect in the soft tissues instead of being absorbed into the bones and blood. Two internal factors of the way our body properly absorbs calcium are parathyroid hormone (PTH) and calcitonin. PTH takes calcium from the bones and deposits it in the soft tissues. Calcitonin works to increase the level of calcium in the bones and prevents it from being absorbed by the soft tissues. Magnesium works at stimulating calcitonin and suppressing PTH in order to maintain the balance.
The reason the balance is so crucial is that when our bodies receive too much calcium, magnesium cannot be easily absorbed. A magnesium deficiency can then lead to a calcium deficiency since magnesium is needed for the body to properly use calcium. Adding more calcium to our diets alone can’t fix this problem. We must add magnesium as well.
Aside from the many food sources that are rich in magnesium, supplements that contain a healthy balance of calcium and magnesium can be very helpful. DrugNatural offers many calcium/magnesium supplements . Feel free to contact us at 408-626-7640 and we would be happy to answer any questions about our supplements.