Calcium and Magnesium
Did you know calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body, and it’s mainly stored in our bones and teeth. The calcium stored in our bones is realised into our bloodstream when needed. Blood calcium plays a critical role in supporting many functions in the body as well as balancing your body pH levels. Symptoms of low levels of calcium in our bodies range from brittle bones that break/fracture easily, abnormal blood clotting to a delay in children’s growth and development.
As we get older, getting an adequate amount of calcium becomes extremely important. Calcium is one of the most important minerals involved in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, which can lead to brittle bones.
Another important time to be making sure you are getting enough calcium in your diet is if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. During the second and third trimester when the baby’s skeleton is rapidly developing the need for extra calcium in the diet through food or supplementation increases. Your body will use whatever calcium is available for your baby, even if it means stealing your supply! So make sure you have enough to support you and your growing baby.
You will often see calcium combined with magnesium in supplement form. This is because they can compete for absorption. So taking them together at a ratio of 1:2 is needed. Calcium keeps the levels of magnesium in your body balanced and magnesium keeps the calcium out of the soft tissue and in the bones where it’s needed. Another important vitamin that works along side these two in supporting bone health is Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and magnesium helps metabolise vitamin D.
Magnesium is one of the most crucial minerals to all over health and sadly magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies. (also known as hypomagnesemia.) Hypomagnesemia can cause symptoms such as abnormal eye movements, muscle spasms or cramps, fatigue, muscle weakness and numbness. We need replenish our magnesium stores everyday to prevent deficiency. This can be done by either eating foods that contain magnesium or through supplementation.
Always speak to your doctor before starting a new supplement as they can interfere with other medications you might be on.