Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Bodies need more calcium by weight and volume, than any other mineral, yet it is the mineral most lacking in our diets.
Ideally, the major source of calcium should come from your food. However with the nutrient deficient foods available today, the diet must be supplemented with the correct calcium types, minerals and vitamins to maintain optimum health.
In 1936, the US Senate was presented with the results of a scientific study it had commissioned on minerals in our food by Senator Duncan Fletcher, Democrat of Florida. The nutritional pioneers and geniuses of nutrition in this era demonstrated that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provides plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health.
Degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and gout (to name a few) are directly tied to the lack of calcium in the diet. If your calcium intake isn’t sufficient, your body will begin to cannibalize the bones for its’ mineral needs to support other body functions like blood clotting, protein regulation, nerve transmission and muscle contraction. When this happens, the bones become less dense and more fragile and thus at greater risk for fracture.
The main goal of good calcium nutrition is to maintain an adequate supply, from your food and quality supplementation, so that our bodies do not have to dip into our only calcium reservoir – our bones. Correcting calcium imbalances can help calm the body and mind, enabling you to cope with stress more easily and lower high blood pressure.
Botanical sources for calcium are arrow root, chamomile, chives, dandelion root, flaxseed, horsetail grass, nettle, oat straw and plantain.