Calcium, known as the knitter because it "knits" bones back together, is one of the seven essential macrominerals needed by the body. 1% of the calcium in the body is used to support critical metabolic functions. The other 99% is stored in the bones and teeth where it supports their structure and function.
Calcium is needed not only for the body but also for the mind. A person considered to be "high-strung" or a person with an inferiority complex may need calcium.
You must have proper levels of vitamin D for calcium to be absorbed.
Healthy bones, teeth, and gums
Required for contraction of blood vessels
Required for dilating of blood vessels, which decreases blood pressure
Aids in muscle contractions/prevents muscle cramps
Necessary for blood clotting
With vitamin D, calcium may help protect agains cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure
Prevents bone loss
Needed to activate enzymes that break down food
Enables protein structuring of RNA and DNA
Protects against preeclampsia in pregnancy
Signs of Deficiency
High blood cholesterol
High blood pressure
Numbness in arms and legs
Children may not reach their full height as adults
Low bone mass leading to osteoporosis
Fish with edible, soft bones like sardines and canned salmon
Dark leafy green vegetables