In many individuals, the bioavailability of calcium citrate is found to be equal to that of the cheaper calcium carbonate. However, alterations to the digestive tract may change how calcium is digested and absorbed. Unlike calcium carbonate, which is basic and neutralizes stomach acid, calcium citrate has no effect on stomach acid. Individuals who are sensitive to antacids or who have difficulty producing adequate stomach acid should choose calcium citrate over calcium carbonate for supplementation. According to recent research into calcium absorption after gastric bypass surgery, calcium citrate may have improved bioavailability over calcium carbonate in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients who are taking calcium citrate as a dietary supplement after surgery. This is mainly due to the changes related to where calcium absorption occurs in the digestive tract of these individuals.
Calcium is essential to maintaining total body health. Your body needs it every day not just to keep your bones and teeth strong over your lifetime, but to ensure proper functioning of muscles and nerves. It even helps your blood clot.
Most Americans think they are getting enough calcium every day, but, the fact is, they are not - they're calcium deficient. Calcium deficiency is usually due to an inadequate intake of calcium. When blood calcium levels drop too low, the vital mineral is "borrowed' from the bones. It is returned to the bones from calcium supplied through the diet. The average person loses 400 to 500mg of calcium per day. If an individual's diet is low in calcium, there may not be sufficient amounts of calcium available in the blood to be returned to the bones to maintain strong bones and total body health.
Taking calcium regularly every day is key to preventing and treating a calcium deficiency. So how much daily calcium do you need? How much do you get? This website is a great resource to help you learn more about calcium, its importance to your health and how your needs change during different life stages.
What Calcium Affects:
- Calcium is responsible for construction, formation, and maintenance of bone and teeth. This function helps reduce the occurrence of osteoporosis.*
- Calcium is a vital component in blood clotting systems and also helps in wound healing.*
- Calcium helps to control blood pressure, nerve transmission, and release of neurotransmitters.*
- Calcium is an essential component in the production of enzymes and hormones that regulate digestion, energy, and fat metabolism.*
- Calcium helps to transport ions (electrically charged particles) across the membrane.*
- Calcium is essential for muscle contraction.*
- Calcium assists in maintaining all cells and connective tissues in the body.*
- Calcium may be helpful to reduce the incidence of premature heart disease, especially if adequate intakes of magnesium are also maintained.*
- Calcium may help to prevent periodontal disease (gum disease).*
- Shown to help with ADHD, relaxes the Nervous System.*
LifeSource Vitamins Calcium Citrate Caps has no effect on stomach acid. Individuals who are sensitive to antacids or who have difficulty producing adequate stomach acid should choose calcium citrate over other calcium forms for supplementation.*
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0-0.5 year 400 mg
0.5-1 year 600 mg
1-3 years 800 mg
4-8 years 800 mg
8-10 years 800 mg
11-14 years 1,200 mg
15-18 years 1,200 mg
19-24 years 1,200 mg
25-50 years 800 mg
51+ years 800 mg
11-14 years 1,200 mg
15-18 years 1,200 mg
19-24 years 1,200 mg
25-50 years 800 mg
On estrogen therapy 1000 mg
Not on estrogen therapy 1500 mg
Over 65 years 1500 mg
Pregnant Women 1,200 mg
Lactating Women 1,200 mg
A constant supply of calcium is necessary throughout our lifetime but is especially important during phases of growth, pregnancy, and lactation (breastfeeding). About 10-40% of dietary calcium is absorbed in the small intestine with the help of vitamin D. The level of calcium absorption from dietary sources drops to 7 in post-menopausal women. The body will absorb more calcium if there is a deficiency. Factors that improve calcium absorption include adequate amounts of protein, magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin D. Conditions that reduce calcium absorption include high or excessive intakes of oxalates and phytates, found in foods such as spinach and unleavened whole wheat products. Consumption of alcohol, coffee, sugar, or medications such as diuretics, tetracycline, aluminum-containing antacids, or stress can reduce the absorption of calcium. Lack of exercise can reduce calcium absorption as well as cause an increase in calcium losses. These life habits can immobility lead to calcium deficiency. Calcium deficiency can increase the risk of bone disorders such as osteoporosis.
Our calcium citrate has been documented to be well absorbed and utilized by the body. Calcium is important in preventing a number of diseases in addition to osteoporosis. It blocks the absorption into the bloodstream of free radical generating iron. Since many people have too much iron in their bodies, it makes sense to take calcium with those meals that contain high iron levels.
Without optimum levels of calcium, the human body may become prone to structural problems that can stem from long-term deficiency. Known for its influential role in both development and sound bone function, calcium citrate works to ensure that our structural foundation remains strong and healthy.
Reducing iron levels is especially important for hepatitis C patients who suffer liver cell damage when the hepatitis virus interacts with iron. Be careful not to take calcium with food containing fiber, because fiber significantly interferes with mineral absorption. It is best to take calcium supplements at night on an empty stomach. Also, since calcium will block iron absorption, avoid taking calcium with meals if you are iron deficient.
LifeSource's Calcium Citrate is a highly bioavailable form of this crucial mineral and fortified with a perfectly balanced blend of zinc and magnesium to increase its overall effectiveness.
Calcium deficiency is usually due to inadequate supply or failure in the metabolism of calcium. Calcium, the main structural element of bones and teeth, is one of the most important minerals that help in the growth and maintenance and reproduction of the human body. In addition to helping to maintain bone and dental health, calcium is also involved in a wide variety of other functions, including blood coagulation, the transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction and relaxation, normal heartbeat, stimulation of hormone secretion and the activation of enzyme reactions.
When blood calcium levels drop too low, the vital mineral is "borrowed" from the bones. It is returned to the bones from calcium supplied through the diet. If an individual's diet is low in calcium, there may not be sufficient amounts of the element available in the blood to be returned to the bones, leading to a net loss in bone mass, a condition called Osteopenia. Osteopenia can lead to osteoporosis or porous bone. Osteoporosis is responsible for 1.5 million bone fractures in the U.S. every year.
Many people find it difficult to consume sufficient dietary calcium to ensure good bone health. LifeSource's Calcium Citrate is a good addition to the diet and can help prevent Osteopenia (less than normal bone mass) and osteoporosis (low bone mass).
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Calcium Citrate Caps has no effect on stomach acid. Individuals who are sensitive to antacids or who have difficulty producing adequate stomach acid should choose calcium citrate over other calcium forms for supplementation. Calcium is essential to maintaining total body health.