Jackson's NaturalsJun 27, '21

Calcium is another one of the major minerals in the body and almost every cell uses calcium in some way. It helps muscles relax and contract; we all know our heart couldn't function without doing that. It is one of the most vital minerals for optimal cellular functioning, and the body keeps levels between a very narrow range.⁠ ⁠

Calcium is a cellular cement for bones and contributes to proper blood clotting. A decrease in calcium can lead to muscle cramps. As well, muscle twitches are due to insufficient calcium that helps with normal impulses (the messages between nerve fibres).⁠ ⁠

Did you know that as calcium levels drop the parathyroid hormone PTH sends the signals to release more calcium into the blood and helps to activate vitamin D which increases intestinal calcium absorption. Okay, I just find that fascinating (bit of a biology science nerd).⁠ ⁠⁠

As we age we absorb less and less calcium from our diet and thus require more from our stores in our bones. Certain medicines, like antacids, also decrease calcium absorption⁠ and therefore more has to come from our bone stores. Too much calcium depletion in bones leads to osteoporosis and osteopenia.⁠ ⁠

So you can see how important it is to have your cellular calcium functioning at optimum levels and why it's a major mineral.⁠