Facts about Calcium and Vitamin D

by / Tuesday, 01 October 2019 / Published in Blog

The body needs Calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. It is also important for the proper functioning of the heart, brain and nerves. Since the body can’t make calcium, it must come from our diet. If your diet is low in calcium, calcium from the bones will be taken to maintain normal blood calcium levels. This will weaken your bones and lead to osteoporosis — fragile bones with increases risk of fractures.

The bones can store calcium till the age of 21 for males and 26 for females. After that, without supplements, your calcium levels drop. So, it important that to maintain a daily calcium intake.

Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium and helps in improving muscle strength and balance. Vitamin D protects against osteoporosis, some types of cancer and autoimmune diseases such a Parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis and diabetes, too. A large percentage of all population is Vitamin D deficient.

The body can only absorb up to 1500 mg of calcium per day. So, if you try to take extra calcium, it will only increase calcium levels in your stools and urine and you will be at an increased risk of developing kidney stones. This makes it important to get your daily calcium in your diet rather than in pills. Calcium in food form is absorbed much more slowly and reduces the chance of it being absorbed better.

The importance of Vitamin D is can’t be overlooked. Vitamin D protects against osteoporosis, some types of cancer, heart disease and various autoimmune diseases, such a Parkinson’s multiple sclerosis and diabetes. It also aids in improving muscle strength and balance.

The dietary recommendations of Vitamin D are 200 IUs a day up to age 50 years, 400 IUs to age 70 years, and 600 IUs over 70 years.