In December we’ll be looking at a very interesting combination of nutrients, which comes in very handy throughout the whole year, but particularly in the Winter – Calcium and Vitamin D3. With limited exposure to sunlight and possible frost on the streets, it’s important to ensure the intake of nutrients that increase our immunity and ensure healthy bones, is on the correct level.
Many people are aware of the important role Calcium plays – it is the most abundant mineral in the human body and it’s essential to build strong, dense bones. Getting enough Calcium isn’t just important for growing kids, which utilise it for bone formation – adults also need this crucial element to keep the bones healthy, but also to support heart health and correct blood clotting, muscle contractions and nerve health.
While Calcium is easily available from diet, its recommended daily intake (RDI) is high enough, that a supplementation might be the best option. Additionally, the absorption of this nutrient significantly decreases with age. Kids and infants, who need substantial amounts of this mineral to build and grow bones, typically absorb 60% of Calcium delivered in foods. For adults over the age of 21, Calcium absorption rate drops to a minimal 20%. The absorption is also regulated by the level of Vitamin D available in the body, which is why these two nutrients are very often sold together.
In addition to regulating Calcium absorption, keeping the bones, teeth and muscles healthy, Vitamin D also contributes to the normal function of the immune system. In fact, it has a whole plethora of proven health benefits – it plays an important role in the process of cell division and is often recommended to pregnant or breast-feeding women and young children as it is needed for normal growth and development of bones. Natural Vitamin D is absorbed to human body after exposure to sunlight or from a small number of foods such as eggs, some dairy products and oily fish, but with the climate we live in, it is often difficult to guarantee the intake of sufficient amount.
In addition, to maintaining normal bone health and prevention of some common chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, Vitamin D may have relation to some other health areas, that so far haven’t been considered. Latest research has shown that vitamin D deficiency may also be associated with heart disease, kidney disease, brain health and diabetes. If these associations are confirmed in other large studies, then the raising rates of deficiency seen in adult population should be of major concern.
In order for Calcium to work best it needs to be balance by other nutrients and minerals, so when taking supplements with Calcium and Vitamin D3, it’s worth also looking at Magnesium and Vitamin K intake. Magnesium balances Calcium absorption, while Vitamin K makes sure that Calcium ends up in the bones, where it’s most needed, and not in the arteries, which might start clogging up with too high supply of this mineral.
Each of our 600mg Calcium tablets, contains 125iu of Vitamin D3. Additionally, the tablets are suitable for vegetarians. The MOQ is one carton of 10,000 tablets.
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