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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Are You Calcium Competent?

It’s for More than Just Bones

Adequate calcium intake throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet and physical activity, may help women maintain good bone health and reduce their risk of osteoporosis. Although it typically affects men later in life than women, this progressive bone condition is a health concern (a growing one at that) for men as well.

But that’s not all. Calcium is essential for many important functions within the body:

Muscle contractions. Working in conjunction with other minerals, calcium is vital in muscle function. Without it, you wouldn’t even be able to raise your hand!

Clotting. Calcium deficiency can result in poor blood-clotting. This is important even for the simplest of cuts and nicks.

Nerve function. The transmission of information between nerve cells, called nerve impulses, depends upon the right amount of calcium. Without it, communication between nerve cells would be lost.

Strong teeth. Without adequate calcium, teeth are more prone to cavities and fractures, and gum disease is more likely.

Strong bones. Especially crucial as we age and bone density decreases. Bones continually grow and replace cells, so calcium is essential for bone health.

Because the body does not make its own calcium, it’s necessary for us to get this mineral from our diet or other supplements. The body will actually leach calcium from the bones and teeth if it’s not adequately found in your diet.

Herb Cal® Tab 

A Pure & Natural Calcium Source

Each Herb Cal® tab contains 250 mg of calcium, or 25% of the recommended daily value (RDV), and is comprised of three different calcium compounds to help the body get its proper fill. It’s also replete with concentrated herbal extracts, enzymes, and vitamin D2 to enhance the absorption of calcium.

1. Calcium carbonate: Sunrider’s calcium carbonate is mined from fossilized coral for purity. Many other brands contain calcium from oyster shell which may contain heavy metals. Calcium carbonate also contains the highest levels of elemental calcium, otherwise known as pure calcium.

2. Calcium citrate: Produced from the calcium salt (salts are ionic compounds that result from the neutralization reaction of an acid and a base) of citric acid which is found naturally in fruits and vegetables, calcium citrate provides the next highest levels of elemental calcium and is easily absorbed and digested by the body. Calcium citrate enables Herb Cal® to be consumed without food.

3. Calcium gluconate: Calcium gluconate is a salt of calcium and gluconic acid (which occurs naturally in fruit, honey, and tea). Although it provides less elemental calcium than the two compounds above, it is used most for treating problems that can arise from calcium deficiencies.

**Excerpt from Sunrider Newsletter May/June 2013 Volume 5, Number 3

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