Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. Calcium has long been recognized for its ability to keep bones healthy and strong. Calcium also maintains a regular heartbeat and transmission of nerve impulses, lowers cholesterol levels, and helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
Most Americans believe they are getting enough calcium through their diet. However, more than 75% of Americans are calcium deficient according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Calcium deficiency is mainly due the lack of calcium rich foods. Also, added ingredients in processed food such as phytate interfere with calcium absorption. When blood calcium levels drop too low, this vital mineral is "borrowed” from the bones. It is then returned to the bones if an adequate amount of calcium supplied through the diet.
But we cannot just worry about calcium alone, magnesium is the other key mineral for healthy bones. And because so many people take calcium pills without magnesium, there may actually be a greater need for magnesium than for calcium in people who are most vulnerable to osteoporosis.
Magnesium is probably the most important nutrient for that energy powerhouse, the human heart; it helps the heart muscle itself function better. Magnesium also helps protect blood vessels, which is where most of what we call heart disease actually happens. Magnesium is also a natural blood thinner, much like aspirin, so many doctors and researchers believe that it may help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
It is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels.
In addition, magnesium is necessary for activating muscles and nerves, creating energy in the body, helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
Signs of Calcium deficiency may include:
Elevated blood cholesterol & high blood pressure
Numbness in arms/legs
Back or neck pain
Stooped posture (abnormal curving of the spine and humpback)
Signs of Magnesium Deficiencies:
Fatigue or weakness
Abnormal heart rhythms
Trouble sleeping or abnormal sleep patterns
With Calcium and Magnesium supplementing the largest organs in your body it is so important to be getting enough of both in your diet! Make sure to be taking the right supplements!