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Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. It has long been recognized that calcium is essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones and teeth. Further medical studies indicate that calcium may also be essential for nerve impulse transmission, clotting the blood, proper thyroid function and regulating the heartbeat. There are several key players that contribute to proper calcium absorption. Vitamin D has a leading role.
Vitamin D allows calcium to leave the intestine and enter the bloodstream. When our bodies have an adequate amount of vitamin D, the number of proteins that transfer calcium from the intestine into the blood is increased. Even if we are getting enough calcium, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to weak or brittle bones. This is called osteoporosis for adults and rickets for children.
On the other hand, too much vitamin D can also lead to serious health problems. Excess vitamin D increases calcium absorption from the intestinal tract, which raises levels of calcium in the blood. When there is too much calcium in the blood, it is deposited into the soft tissues of the body such as the lungs and the heart. These calcium deposits inhibit the functionality of the organs.
Our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight. The vitamin is also available in foods such as some dairy products, saltwater fish, liver and egg yolks. However, supplements are often needed to maintain a proper balance of vitamin D and calcium as well as magnesium. DrugNatural provides you with several options for calcium and vitamin D supplements. Feel free to contact us at 408-626-7640.