Taking More Calcium May Not Give You Strong Bones Unless…
Did you know that not all calcium supplements are the same? Did you also know that you may not have strong bones if your body doesn’t absorb enough of the calcium you take?
So, the key is absorption and not consumption.
You see, calcium in supplements is in a compound form. Calcium in this case is called “elemental“. And the component that calcium is bound to is called the compound. Some of the most common compounds used are inorganic (carbonate, phosphate, oyster shell, coral or bone meal) or organic (citrate, lactate and gluconate).
The fact is inorganic calcium has to be dissolved by stomach acid into a soluble, ionized state first before it can be absorbed in the small intestine later. But here’s the problem… your stomach acid declines faster as you age. So, you have to take inorganic calcium with food to make it easier to dissolve. Imagine how cumbersome it is.
On the other hand, organic forms of calcium are already in a doluble, ionized state and do not require stomach acid for it to dissolve.
Better still when the organic calcium supplement is in liquid silution form. Calcium in this case is already 100% dissolved. As a result, about 98% of elemental is available for absorption.
But your stomach can only dissolve about 20% to 30% of solid calcium supplements or supplements in tablet or capsule or liquid suspension form. 80% will be eliminated through the colon.
That’s why it’s common for you to experience constipation, gas and bloating when you take ‘solid’ calcium.
To make matters worse, the dissolved calcium can’t be absorbed by the small intestine without Vitamin D. but too much of Vitamin D may be harmful to your body. So solution is … choose a calcium supplement already formulated with Vitamin D.
Another vital fact that you can’t ignore is that too much of calcium will deplete magnesium. Without adequate magnesium, calcium cannot be properly utilized. It becomes a pollutant rather than a nutrient. Your bone mass is negatively affected. So, the key is … take a higher ratio of magnesium to calcium.
Sounds complicated? To make things easy, look for a calcium supplement that’s scientifically formulated in the right ratio with magnesium.