Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. Of the two to three pounds of calcium contained in the average body, 99% is located in the bones and teeth. Calcium is needed to form bones and teeth and is also required for blood clotting, transmission of signals in nerve cells, and muscle contraction. The importance of calcium for preventing osteoporosis is probably its most well-known role. Where is it found? Most dietary calcium comes from dairy. Other good sources include sardines, canned salmon, green leafy vegetables, and tofu.
In what conditions might calcium be supportive?
- gingivitis (periodontal disease)
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- kidney stones
- menstruation,painful (dysmenorrhea)
- premenstrual syndrome