Calcium is not only an important mineral to the human body, it’s required for proper functionality in a number of systems in persons of all ages. Whether young or old, male of female, lacking the proper levels of Calcium can cause irreversible damage to the individual.
When young, peoples bodies are growing and developing. Bones are constantly adding layers and strength. Science has proven that the more bone density developed in ones body early in life the better that individuals chances are at sustaining disastrous effects of brittle bone diseases as they age.
In order to get those bones big and strong, mothers have known forever they need to feed their children milk, cheese, and a variety of dairy products. In addition to these foods being containing high levels of Calcium, they also have adequate supplies of Vitamin D, which promotes the normal mineralization of bones.
Unfortunately, young girls and women tend to get less than half of their daily required levels of Calcium. As such, the much needed development of bone density is severely curtailed. The consequences of less than desirable bone densities is the sharp drops and subsequent fragility of the female’s bones as she ages.
While most children require fewer of their calories to come from milk and other dairy products as they get older, their needs for Calcium do not decrease at the same percentages. If not consciously replacing the Calcium from the dairy products with other natural sources like fresh broccoli, yogurt, etc. deficiency will begin.
Because the effects of being Calcium deficient take many years to show themselves, one may not even be aware of the current state of their bone and blood health.
It has been shown that without proper daily levels of Calcium, blood coagulates poorly, bone and teeth production and maintenance are inhibited, muscle contraction may become increasingly difficult, and cardiac actions can be adversely affected.
For many years, the standard levels of daily recommended Calcium intake may have been as low as 25% to 50% of what scientists and doctors now believe is necessary for optimal health and survival.
This means that if ones diet does not consciously include the proper types and amounts of food needed to produce from 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams of Calcium every day, supplementation will be required. New recommendations for children indicate a need for approximately 1,200 milligrams. Women aged 25 to 50 should look to level doses around 1,000 mg.
Men are certainly not in the clear when it comes to experiencing the debilitating effects of Calcium deficiency. With many adults only at approximately 50% of their optimal Calcium intake, men are already in the red. Consider that a good amount of the body’s Calcium is evacuated through perspiration, urination and other bodily wastes and the decline is inevitable.
The male is fortunate in the fact he generally develops more bone mass and density in his formative years. This still does not prevent him from experience diseases like osteoporosis, hardening of the arteries and cardiac connective tissues and other Calcium deficiency related conditions.
Evolution is changing the sheer number of human adults who are able to adequately digest the lactose in milk and other dairy products as they age. If one is fortunate enough to fall into this category, they should be able to help maintain proper Calcium levels by simply drinking a glass or two of milk each day.
For those who have challenges with dairy digestion, serious consideration should be given to substituting other foods naturally high in Calcium or implementing a supplement program which will help maintain proper levels of the mineral in the body. Talk to your family doctor about this before taking any supplements.