Name (common): Calcium
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body, it is essential for healthy bones and teeth, with 99% of calcium being found in the skeleton. Good dietary sources of calcium include dietary products, fortified soy products, fish with bones (such as sardines), tofu, broccoli and leafy green vegetables. Optimal calcium intake is vital for all age groups, with inadequate intakes during childhood impacting bone health later in life.
Functions and general science:
Calcium has an integral role in many actions in the body, including bone and teeth mineralisation, muscle contraction and nerve conduction, maintaining a healthy heart beat, hormone release, blood coagulation, energy production and maintenance of a healthy immune system.
Calcium is absorbed from the small intestine via a process that requires vitamin D. Vitamin D, along with several other hormones, plays a role in helping to control the levels of calcium circulating in the blood.
There is evidence that calcium can help improve Bone Mineral Density (BMD) in adolescents, as well as help reduce the decline of BMD in postmenopausal women and older men, especially when consumed in combination with vitamin D.
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