Vital for bone health, the calcium in the human body is found mainly in teeth and bone. Calcium is also needed for many other bodily functions, such as regulating heartbeats, conducting nerve impulses, making muscles contract, and helping blood clot. Everyone needs at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day from food and/or supplements. Women over 50 and men over 65 need at least 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day. High intakes of calcium, especially with vitamin D, will prevent or delay bone loss (osteoporosis) and reduce the risk of fractures in postmenopausal women and older men. Preliminary research has also suggested a reduced risk of colon cancer.
It’s best to keep your calcium intake high, via your diet and calcium supplements. Some recent research suggests that 800 milligrams of calcium may actually be enough, at least for people with an adequate intake of vitamin D and a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Dairy foods provide the most calcium. Fish with bones (like sardines and canned salmon) and dark leafy greens contain respectable amounts; broccoli, almonds, and figs provide calcium, too. And there are many calcium-fortified products, such as some orange juice, soy milk, tofu, and cereals. If you don’t eat these foods often, you should consider a calcium supplement. If you are prone to kidney stones, talk to a physician before taking calcium supplements.
This Wellness Protocol brings together the traditional herbs and minerals of our individual formulations to replenish vitality and increase nutritional value at a cellular level through a simplified, consistent and balanced supplementation program which incorporates 4 different supplements to aide in the absorption of calcium, as well as all nutrients needed to function and maintain an enhanced state of health and well-being.
This protocol contains: