Calcium is an important nutrient essential for maintaining total body
health. Your body needs it every day—not just to keep your bones
and teeth strong, but to ensure proper functioning of muscles
and nerves. It even helps your blood to clot. But can too much calcium
be a problem? Yes, it can.
Excess calcium can deplete its vital sister mineral, magnesium,
from the body and, as a result, can bring about symptoms of magnesium
depletion, listed on the sidebar of this page. Calcium acts to excite nerves and is necessary for muscle contraction. Magnesium, on the other hand, calms nerves
and is needed for muscle relaxation. Calcium makes bones stiff
and hard, but magnesium is needed to avoid their becoming brittle.
An excess of unabsorbed calcium may result in kidney stones and deposits
in soft tissues such as arteries and heart cells, where it can calcify
or harden into insoluble calcium.
You experience the tensing (calcium) and relaxing (magnesium) interaction of these two elements each time your heart beats, when you feel your pulse, and every time you breathe.
When we are under stress, our cells—which in their resting state
contain magnesium—go through a change. Calcium, normally outside the
cells, enters the cells through tiny gates and the calcium level
temporarily becomes high. This is the action state in which a muscle
cell, for example, will contract and tense the muscle. The magnesium
guardian then helps push the calcium out of the cell and the cell
is again in its resting, relaxed state.
Think of it as an on-off switch. The “off” is magnesium and the “on” is calcium.
But what happens to a cell that is not in balance—where the magnesium level in the body is deficient?
In simple terms, the “off” switch doesn’t fully turn off. That means
calcium can continually leak into the cells and stimulate cell activity
(the “on” switch). The result is stress, which may be accompanied by one or more of the magnesium deficiency symptoms listed on the other side of this page.
Magnesium helps your muscles function properly; it keeps your heart
rhythm steady and supports a healthy immune system. This essential
mineral helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood
pressure and is required for producing and storing energy. It’s easy
to see why many researchers say that no single dietary factor
is as critical as magnesium.
Calcium Needs Magnesium
We believe calcium should not be taken on its own because it can pull
magnesium out of body parts to supply the magnesium it requires
for assimilation. Magnesium is necessary for over 300 different
biochemical processes, such as digestion, energy production
and the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It is also
needed for bone strength, muscle strength and proper functioning
of the heart and nervous system. While calcium requires magnesium,
magnesium does not require calcium and can be safely and beneficially
taken on its own.
A Matter of Balance
Calcium deficiency can be a serious issue. We have, however,
compounded the problem by promoting calcium supplementation
without magnesium. In the United States we are consuming about 10 times
more calcium than magnesium. Very few calcium supplements incorporate
magnesium and when they do, there is often an imbalance of twice as much
calcium as magnesium. In addition to the many calcium (without
magnesium) supplements on the market, calcium is now added to cereals,
crackers, juice, antacids and many other items (including soft drinks).
Without a proper balance of these two minerals, cellular magnesium
may become depleted which can result in the negative effects associated
with lack of magnesium and a buildup of unassimilated calcium.
Athletes put their bodies under intense stress. Strenuous exercising
and sweating (due to exertion and high temperatures) cause the body
to lose magnesium. Many athletes are deficient in both calcium
Magnesium is also essential in addressing an issue common to almost
all athletes—muscle cramping. When cramping occurs in workouts
or competition, it is a sign of low magnesium levels. Natural Calm Plus Calcium balances a highly soluble and bioavailable form of calcium with Natural Calm—the
best-selling, award-winning magnesium supplement—plus key vitamins
and minerals. The objective is to supply nutritional cofactors needed
to obtain benefit from calcium without lowering vital magnesium levels
or building up unabsorbed calcium in the body.
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