This month’s will talk about Calcium. We have all heard that calcium is important for strong bones but did you know calcium also plays a vital role in nerve function, muscle use and cell health? Our bodies will take calcium from bones to supply the nerves and muscles if there is a shortage, making our bones weak and can lead to other diseases.
The National Academy of Sciences recommends 1000-1300mgcalcium per day. If you are not getting calcium from eating dairy, spinach, kale, soybeans, salmon or foods fortified with calcium, you may need to supplement. Be sure your supplement has calcium carbonate which is high in elemental calcium – a key source.
To help absorption into bone, vitamin D should accompany calcium. When shopping, look for calcium supplements that also include a source of vitamin D. Many foods high in calcium are also good sources of vitamin D. However, as crucial as calcium is for strong bones, too much calcium can actually cause calcification, or hardening, in our blood vessels. That is why taking vitamin K2 in conjunction with calcium and vitamin D is important. Vitamin K2 helps properly distribute calcium, ensuring appropriate levels throughout our body’s systems.
Finally, what good is a supplement if our bodies do not absorb it? Look for readily absorbable vitamins to ensure you are getting the most out of your supplement. We can recommend a high-quality brand that has a patented formula that allows an 80% absorption rate in all our vitamins and supplements (compared to other brands that absorb at 10%). We also can recommend both a calcium supplement with vitamin D and a separate vitamin K2- D3 supplement to ensure proper distribution and enhance calcium absorbability.
I hope this has been useful! Calcium is an important part of nerve, muscle, bone and cell health and can also prevent many other diseases. If you are lacking calcium in your diet, remember to look for high-quality supplements with vitamin D and K2 to get the most benefit. Have a wonderful month!
Dr. Janice Lwin
As a doctor of physical therapy, professor and sports enthusiast, health and wellness are naturally a part of Janice’s lifestyle. For her family, having toxins out of the home as well as healthy snacks and vitamins are also a priority. While Janice loves the roles of helping patients return to their lives after injury and teaching students to become skilled, compassionate therapists, family is the most important aspect of her life. With two young children, Janice finds herself longing to be at every school field trip, volunteer in their classrooms and be home to pick them up from school. Through The Legacy Group, Janice has found the flexibility to earn an income both in and out of the home, giving her time to coach her kids’ sports teams and enjoy the outdoors surfing, skiing and hiking with her family. The Legacy Group has allowed Janice to share her passion for health and wellness with others while creating an income to bring her home to her family.