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Minerals play an extremely vital role in how the human body functions. Vitamins and other nutrients can be thought of as the "spark plugs" of the human body while minerals can be thought of as "igniters" of the "spark plus." Not only is calcium needed for strong bones, it is also essential for healthy hair, skin, nails and for the proper nerve and heart function. If you can't get enough through your diet, and most people don't, calcium supplementation is an effective way to ensure you get your adequate daily intake.
Role of Calcium in the Body
Another issue that many people are not aware of is that many forms of calcium do not absorb particularly well in the body. When choosing a calcium and mineral supplement, finding the right types of calcium are extremely important. Some of these highly absorbable forms of calcium include: calcium citrate, calcium hydroxyapatite, calcium aspartate and calcium lactate.
Bone, Hair, Skin and Nail Support: Calcium has been shown to help form and maintain strong bones, teeth and connective tissue. As we age, our bones begin to lose their density and our teeth and connective tissue begins to weaken. Calcium levels in our bodies become lower and stored calcium is taken from our bones to compensate. This compensation must be done in order to maintain adequate blood-calcium levels in our bodies.
Proper Heart & Nervous Function: Another beneficial aspect of calcium that tends to go unnoticed is its ability to assist with the transmission of nerve impulses and muscle contradictions. Calcium has demonstrated calming qualities on the nervous system and is known as "Nature's Tranquilizer". Based on this benefit, calcium has been used effectively in treating occasional muscle and leg cramps.