Hello Friends welcome to my blog. Today I’m going to tell you different types of calcium supplements.
What are the signs of lack of calcium?
First of all talk about how would you know that you’re actually deficient in calcium. While your body could be giving you some tell-tale signs and symptoms of calcium deficiency.
1. Weak and brittle nails: If your nails crack or they’re very brittle. This could be a calcium deficiency.
2. Sore joints: So we know of course that our bones require enough calcium but if you’re getting a lot of stiffness and pain in the joints that could be an indication of a calcium deficiency.
3. Weak bone: so certainly if you’ve had your bone density evaluated by your doctor if you are getting low in calcium it would be indicated as osteopenia or of course osteoporosis as well would be a sign of lack of proper calcium absorption as well as insomnia.
I say take your calcium closer to bedtime because it does help with our melatonin. And that’s really important for a good night’s sleep as well as eczema.
4. Chronic skin conditions can be related to low calcium and not always the first thing that you would think that would be correlated with your calcium but also with your magnesium and that proper balance between calcium and magnesium is always necessary to ensure that all of your enzyme systems are working as they should.
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5. When we see inflammation in the body and in the skin can be related to calcium deficiency as well as muscle aches. Cramps and spasms in the muscles can also be related to that imbalance between our magnesium and our calcium.
Even when we’re talking about brain function. So whether it’s confusion and memory loss even as far as depression and hallucinations can be related to a calcium deficiency.
A study that was done in women that when women are deficient in calcium and that’s called lipogenesis. Meaning the making of more fat and certainly something that women don’t necessarily want.
If women are not needing extra fat on their body and if trying to maintain a healthy weight and trying to keep off that extra body weight. We have to ensure that enough calcium in our body to be able to do that so we’re not always turning on that fat-making process.
The Different Types of Calcium Supplements
Now let’s move on the different types of calcium supplements.
Calcium Carbonate is probably the most commonly prescribed or purchased type of calcium supplement. It is usually derived from either marble or limestone. It comes from rocks and it has about 35% elemental calcium.
So the question is that it is very inexpensive to how well absorbed and how well your body actually utilizes that calcium. Calcium carbonate is very common but in my opinion, it’s not always the best type of calcium supplement to take because of poor absorption.
And for a lot of people can actually cause constipation, bloating and uncomfortable feeling in the gut. When you take the calcium carbonate it is very alkalinizing to the body but meaning that we actually need some stomach acid to be able to absorb the calcium from the carbonate form.
For people that are lacking in stomach acid which is very common, this could be a problem in terms of absorption.
Calcium phosphate is about 31% in terms of the elemental calcium that you’ll get. Not the best bioavailability again. The source is from rocks and sometimes it can come from cow’s milk.
In terms of getting the best form of a natural source of calcium. When we talk about bioavailability or what that means in terms of the elemental calcium.
In any of calcium supplements. A supplement manufacturer should put that information on the label when you’re buying perhaps it says 1100 milligrams of calcium carbonate. You’re getting calcium carbonate.
So it’s that complex it should really tell you exactly how many milligrams of actual elemental calcium you’re getting. So that you know in terms of what you’re actually ingesting.
Calcium citrate or it could be calcium citrate malate and what that means is that it’s actually bound.So the calcium is bound using either citric acid or malic acid.
The initial source is usually rocks. So the thing about this is that it only is about 20% of the elemental calcium. Again it is not great in terms of bioavailability or your body’s ability to utilize that.
Now in terms of absorption it is more on the acidic side. So for some people that’s better than the more alkaline forms but for a lot of people it’s not.
Calcium lactate is only about 13% of elemental calcium and the bioavailability is poor. Some of the sources would be aged cheeses. So if you like to eat aged cheese and also baking powder will have a little bit of this type of calcium.
Being the calcium lactate but because of the poor availability you’re not really absorbing a lot of that calcium.
Calcium gluconate: The unfortunate thing about this one is that it’s only in an oral form only about 9% of the elemental calcium.
It’s super expensive but if you were to have to get an IV calcium to regulate your hypocalcemia in the blood. This would usually be an emergency situation then this may be the type that you would get in an IV.
Coral calcium: Coral is derived from the ocean’s coral and again there’s different grades and types of coral calcium. But the one that I like is again 38% of the elemental calcium. So very good bioavailability and also contains other trace minerals.
When you’re looking for a coral calcium. You want to ensure that it is an above sea level fossilized coral calcium. What that means is that it’s sustainable that the oceans aren’t depleted in terms of that coral and it’s really important because it contains these other trace minerals.
So things like boron, rubidium, silica which is naturally occurring even a little bit of magnesium, which is naturally occurring within the coral itself to ensure that proper absorption of that calcium it’s very alkalinizing to the body.
So that helps with absorption and studies have shown when it’s been paired up against calcium carbonate that even you know it was a relatively small subject study but it showed that absorption in the intestine from the calcium carbonate versus the coral calcium.
The coral calcium did much better in terms of that absorption. So that’s one of the reasons that I love it and clinically have had the best results with the coral calcium again.
If you’re going to purchase make sure you’re getting it from a reputable company that’s doing all of the testing to make sure that there’s no heavy metals or radiation contamination in the source of that coral calcium.
So there you have it that’s my view on the different types of calcium supplements.
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