Calcium is important for more than just building stronger bones. Did you know that it maintains healthy gums, regular heart rates, lowers cholesterol and prevents cardiovascular disease?
Calcium is also needed for muscular growth and contraction and for the prevention of muscle cramps. In addition it is also essential in blood clotting and even helps prevent cancer.
What Calcium Does
Calcium provides energy and participates in the protein structuring of RNA and DNA;
It is involved in the activation of several enzymes, including lipase, which breaks down fats for utilization by the body;
It maintains proper cell membrane permeability and aids in neuromuscular activity;
If high blood pressure develops due to pregnancy, it can be reduced by calcium intake.
How Much Calcium and What Kind?
First of all, do not take calcium supplements that are in a candy form or antacid type form. Your body does not absorb it and utilize the mineral the way it should.
Secondly, do not take calcium shortly after or near the time of drinking coffee or tea. The acid in those inhibit absorption as well.
Thirdly, do not take with iron supplements, as the mix will inhibit absorption as well.
After researching all the forms of calcium, it seems the best form is called Calcium Orotate. Orotate is Orotic acid and is a biochemical substance made naturally by the human body. Orotates are mineral salts created by binding a mineral to orotic acid. The controversial German physician Hans Nieper used them as transporters to deliver higher amounts of active minerals directly into inner cell membranes.
Nieper believed that calcium orotate could deliver calcium to the body where it was most needed and without the toxicity or side effects that came with other treatments. In Nieper’s medical clinic in Germany, he successfully treated hundreds of patients with ailments such as osteoporosis, cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and liver conditions such as chronic hepatitis.
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Dr. Nieper used calcium orotate as a mineral transporter in r-ecalcification therapy. He found it to be useful in treating juvenile de-calcification as well as adult bone loss and senior osteoporosis. It was used not only to treat osteoporosis, but also to prevent its occurrence. The nature of calcium orotate allows it to penetrate deep into tissue, bone and cartilage in order to promote bone health and strength. At the cancer congress in Houston in 1970, Dr. Nieper concluded that calcium orotate “is a very satisfactory agent in the recalcification of metastatic defects in the skeletal system.”
Calcium orotate has been found to have a marked effect on inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and lupus; while having an anti-inflammatory effect on cardiovascular diseases such as multiple sclerosis, phlebitis, retinitis, encephalitis and colitis. The mechanics behind its anti-inflammatory effects lie in the availability of calcium ions at the mitochondrial membrane. Dr. Nieper called this a “classic anti-inflammatory principle.” In 1975, he started treating lupus patients with steady doses of calcium orotate for the period of 1 year, and found their symptoms to be tremendously reduced, even in advanced cases.
How Much Should You Take?
Maximum amount per day is 1500 mg, but 1,200 mg is fine. It should be taken in divided doses of 500 mg. each time for best absorption to the digestive system. Take it with food as well as with a Magnesium supplement of 400 mg. They work together to produce support to the nervous system, muscles and heart.
Food Sources of Calcium
Excellent calcium foods include raw milk, raw cheese and raw yogurt or kefir. The next best may be fresh or even store-bought carrot juice. Other good sources are sardines, caviar, cod roe, and good quality egg yolks that are not overcooked. The next best sources are kelp, yeast and toasted almond butter. Other seeds such as sesame, sunflower and pumpkin are other decent sources if one eats enough. Cooked or better juiced dark green vegetables such as kale, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, comfrey and carrots are also good sources.