Calcium. We all know it. We all love it, especially in the form of cheese, yogurt, milk or ice cream! But did you know that calcium is actually a metal? This essential trace element is an important building block for our bones and teeth, and so much more!
Despite being localized in our bones and teeth, calcium is actually the most abundant mineral in our bodies. This incredible mineral plays an important role in keeping the heart, muscles and nervous system functioning properly. Some medical professionals also see benefits in relieving mood swings, food cravings, and decreasing the pain, tenderness and bloating associated with PMS.
It is also a vital ingredient in a healthy diet. The National Osteoporosis Foundation states, "Calcium plays an important role in building stronger, denser bones early in life and keeping bones strong and healthy later in life."
Why do we supplement with calcium in our drips when you can get it in other delicious forms?
Women generally need more calcium and while most of us can make up our needed calcium in the foods we eat, some people may not be able to. If you have a dairy allergy, are older or pregnant you may need a calcium supplement. Additionally, calcium absorption is impeded by caffeine ingestion as well as by eating oxalates (in chocolate and spinach), iron (in liver and raisins), and phytates (commonly found in whole grains).1 The general rule is that our bodies absorb about 20-30% of the calcium we ingest. So the National Academy of Sciences recommends taking an additional supplement of 1,000 - 1,200 mg a day (broken into two doses since we can only absorb approx 500 mg at one time).
Where can you find calcium (other than in the Onus IV drips - A-Team and John Myers)?
The obvious place to go is dairy foods like milk, cheese, yogurt and even ice cream. Non-dairy foods rich in calcium include broccoli, Chinese cabbage [bok choy], dried figs, greens (like kale, mustard, turnip), salmon, sardines with bones, and soy nuts. But many products now have a boost of calcium added as well. While these are all great sources, whenever you feel like you need an extra boost, don’t hesitate to stop by Onus IV!