You never get
into the body elementally, it is always attached to something else. It
is the something else, which can cause a shift in the underlying pH
urine and saliva and if shifted the wrong way can lead to imbalance. The
calcium's that are neutral would be
calcium gluconate and orotate (a
good bone builder). These are calcium's for use by anybody at any time.
Calcium lactate on the other hand can push a person too acid. But it is
ok to use if a person has a high average alkaline urine and saliva pH
(7.0 or above) and you want to push it down.
Calcium citrate, hydroxide,
and carbonate (coral calcium) can push a person too alkaline. But it is
ok to use if a person has low average acid urine and saliva pH (5.8 or
below) and you are working to push it up. In all cases you should return
to a neutral calcium when the proper pH zone is reached. Continued use
of the wrong calcium in the wrong pH can lead to unbalanced conditions
and potential problems.
Calcium is found in several forms including calcium citrate and calcium gluconate. It is the most abundant mineral in the human body. While an
average man contains about 1-1/2 kg of calcium, an average woman has
about 1 kg, where 99 percent of that is in bones and teeth. The
remaining 1 percent is located in the blood, lymph and other body
fluids, cell membranes and structures inside cells.
Calcium participates in the metabolic functions necessary for normal
activity of nervous, muscular, skeletal systems and plays an important
role in normal heart function, kidney function, blood clotting, and
blood-vessel integrity. Additionally, it helps to utilize vitamin B-12.
It is available in both natural and synthetic sources, and some forms
are only available by prescription.
How This Mineral Works in Your Body:
- Helps fight osteoporosis
calcium depletion in people with hypoparathyroidism, osteomalacia,
- Used medically to treat tetany (severe muscle spasms) caused by
sensitivity reactions, cardiac arrest, lead poisoning
- Used medically as an cure to
- Prevents muscle or leg cramps in some people
- Promotes normal growth and development
- Builds bones and teeth
- Maintains bone density and strength
- Buffers acid in stomach and acts as antacid
- Helps regulate heartbeat, blood clotting, muscle contraction
- Treats neonatal hypoglycemia
- Promotes storage and release of some body hormones
- Lowers phosphate concentrations in people with chronic kidney disease
- Helps reduce blood pressure in certain people
- aid reduce possibility of kidney stones
- ease leg cramps
- Potential treatment for toxemia in pregnant women
- reduce the threat of
- Anyone with inadequate caloric or dietary intake or increased
nutritional requirements or those who do not like or consume milk
- People allergic to milk and dairy products
- People with untreated lactase deficiency who avoid milk and dairy
- People over 55 years old, especially women
- Women throughout adult life, especially during pregnancy and lactation,
but not limited to these times
- Those who
abuse alcohol or other substances
People with a chronic wasting illness
- Those under additional stress for extended periods of time
- Anyone who has recently undergone surgery
- People with bone fractures
- Adolescents with low dietary
Where This Mineral is Found:
- Brazil nuts
- Calcium-fortified Salmon, canned
- Canned fish with bones
- Cereal, rice, juice
- Sardines, canned
- Turnip greens
- Mustard greens
- Cottage cheese
- Figs, dried
- Honeydew melon
- Baked beans, canned
- Milk Chocolate
- Crab meat, canned
How to Use:
- Take tables whole with a full glass of water or other liquid. Do not
chew or crush the tablet. Take with meals or 1 to 1-1/2 hours after
meals unless otherwise advised by your physician.
- Chew chewable tablets well before swallowing.
- Calcium is also available as carbonate, citrate, gluconate, and it has
varying levels of bioavailability.
Daily recommended intakes:
- Men 1000 mg
- (14-18) 1300 mg
- (over 55) 1200 mg
- Women 1000 mg
- (14-18) 1300 mg
- (over 55) 1200 mg
- Pregnancy 1000 mg
- (14-18) 1300 mg
- Lactation 1000 mg
- (14-18) 1300 mg
Do not take if you have:
- Allergies to
calcium or antacids
- High blood-calcium levels
Consult your doctor if you have:
- Kidney disease
constipation, colitis, diarrhea
- Stomach or intestinal bleeding
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart problems or
high blood pressure for which you are taking a calcium
The likelihood of adverse reactions and side effects is greater
Diarrhea or constipation are especially likely
You need extra calcium while pregnant. Speak with your physician
about taking supplements. Do not take super doses.
The drug does pass into milk. Speak with your physician about taking
supplements. DO not take super doses.
Keep in a cool and dry location and away from direct light, but do not
Keep safely away from children
Do not keep in bathroom medicine cabinet. Heat and dampness alter
the action of the mineral.
It is advised that you consult with your physician for the proper dose
for your condition
Do not take calcium within 1 or 2 hours of meals or ingestion of other
medications, if possible.
It is not recommended that you take calcium carbonate derived from
Dolomite and bone meal are probably not safe sources of calcium because
they contain lead.
Symptoms of Deficiency:
Osteoporosis (late symptoms):
- Frequent fractures in spine and other bones
- Deformed spinal column with humps
- Loss of height
- Leads to nerve and bone disorders
- lead to
High blood pressure
- cause pre-eclampsia of pregnancy
- Frequent fractures
- Muscle contractions
- Convulsive seizures
- Muscle cramps
Confusion, slow or irregular heartbeat, bone or muscle pain, nausea,
vomiting : Discontinue mineral use and consult your physician
- Heart damage : Discontinue mineral use and consult your physician
(signs and symptoms of toxicity have not been viewed, even at doses of 2
to 3 grams/day).
Lab tests for deficiency detection:
24-hour urine collection to measure calcium levels (Sulkowitch)
Imaging procedures to scan for bone density (more reliable than above
on lab tests:
Serum-amylase and serum-1 hydroxycorticosteroid concentrations can be
Excessive, prolonged use decreases serum-phosphate concentration.
Signs and symptoms : What to do
Early signs of too much calcium in blood:
Constipation : Increase fluid consumption. Discontinue use of mineral.
Call your physician when
Headache : Discontinue use of mineral. Call your physician when
Late signs of too much calcium in blood:
Confusion : Discontinue use. Call your physician immediately.
Muscle or bone pain : Discontinue use. Call your physician immediately.
Nausea or vomiting : Discontinue use. Call your physician immediately.
Slow or irregular heartbeat : Seek emergency treatment.
- Cellulose sodium phosphate : Decreases effect of cellulose sodium
- Digitalis preparations : Causes heartbeat irregularities.
- Etidronate : Decreases effects of etidronate. Do not take within 2 hours
of calcium supplements.
- Gallium nitrate : Inhibits function of gallium nitrate.
- Iron supplements : Decreases absorption of
iron unless vitamin C is
- Magnesium-containing medications or supplements : Increases absorption
of magnesium and calcium.
- Oral contraceptives and estrogens : increase
- Phenytoin : Decreases effect of both
calcium and phenytoin. Do not take
calcium within 1 to 3 hours of phenytoin.
- Tetracyclines (oral) : Decreases absorption of tetracycline.
- Vitamin D : Increases absorption of calcium supplements.
- Diuretics, corticosteroids and antidepressants : Can lead to calcium
- Alcohol : Decreases your body’s ability to absorb calcium
- Caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate) : Can possibly decrease
- Aluminum in some antacids : Can interfere with the absorption of calcium.
Blue-Green Algae (Spirulina,
Spirulina Maxima) Spirulina Platensis
Calcium (Calcium citrate) Calcium Gluconate)
Coenzyme Q (CoQ, Ubiquinoe, Coenzyme
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Desiccated Liver (Dessicated Liver)
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) Evening
Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgoaceae)
Ginseng (Asian, American, Korean,
Chinese, Panax, Quinquefolius)
Iron (Ferrous Sulfate)
Jojoba (Goatnut, Simmondsia Chinensis)
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)
Potassium (Potassium Chloride,
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine, pyridoxal
Vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid) Folate,
Pteroyiglutamic Acid) Folacin)
Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin D (cholecalciferol, sunshine
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
Vitamin H (Biotin)
Vitamin K (Phytonadione)
Vitamin P (Bioflavonoids,
Calcium Supplements Not Equally Effective
The amount of calcium absorbed from calcium citrate supplements is
consistently higher than the amount absorbed from calcium carbonate
supplements. This difference is important because women who take calcium
supplements that are poorly absorbed are not as well protected against
calcium-related bone loss and possible osteoporosis. The researchers
pooled data from 15 previously published studies in which men and women
took either calcium citrate or calcium carbonate supplements. Calcium
citrate is better absorbed than calcium carbonate by about 25%, whether
it is taken on an empty stomach or given with meals.
American Journal of Therapeutics November
Journal of Clinical
Pharmacology December 1999;39:1-4.
Calcium May Help Those
Trying To Lose Weight
High-calcium, low-calorie diets help obese mice lose weight at rates
double those of mice given low levels of calcium. Researchers believe
high levels of dietary calcium may suppress hormones that help us 'hold
on' to stored fat. For any given level of energy balance -- of calorie
intake and physical activity -- dietary calcium helps determine whether
calories go to storage in the form of fat, or get burned.
The investigators were first tipped off to a potential link between
calcium and fat metabolism in studies conducted years ago in obese men.
When the men were placed on high-calcium diets they lost significant
amounts of body fat, -- even though their calorie intake remained the
same. Studies in mice suggested that low-calcium diets help stimulate
hormones that push dietary calcium into fat cells. These hormones also
appear to 'switch on' fat-storing and fat-preserving mechanisms within
fat cells. High-calcium diets seem to have the opposite effect --
suppressing these weight-gain hormones so that the mice stay thin.
But would high-calcium diets help already obese mice lose weight? In
their latest round of research, researchers provided overweight mice
with one of five diets. One group of mice stayed on the same
high-calorie, low-calcium regimens that made them fat to begin with. The
other four groups were placed on 30% reduced-calorie diets with varying
levels of calcium intake, either from supplements (calcium carbonate) or
dairy (dry skim milk powder).
Animals placed on low-cal, low-calcium diets did lose a little weight --
about 11% of total body weight and 8% of total body fat. But obese mice
placed on the high-calcium, low-cal diets lost roughly a fifth of their
body weight and 42% of their body fat over the next 6 weeks. And mice
who got their calcium from dairy lost even more -- a quarter of their
body weight and 60% of their body fat.
Clinical trials are now underway, and results in humans should become
available within a year. It's not clear why calcium from dairy might
stimulate fat loss any more efficiently than supplemental calcium
carbonate. Calcium is also found in produce such as collards, turnip
greens, rhubarb, broccoli and kale.
Biology 2000 Conference San Diego April 17, 2000