Calcium is an essential nutrient which every living organism including humans need. It is a vital and most abundant mineral present in the human body. Calcium is most important for healthy bones. Around 99% of the calcium in the body is specifically found in the bones and teeth and it is necessary for building and maintaining healthy and strong bones. Calcium is required in all stages of life not only teenage or childhood. In this article we have written about the requirement of calcium in every sphere of life, sources to obtain it and few herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda to fulfill the Calcium deficiency naturally.
You must remember your parents insisting you to have your glass of milk daily when you were kids or teenager. But as you grow up your choices change from milk to sodas, cold drinks and other drinks and it is very rare that you remember to have that glass of milk. Your parents made you drink calcium as it is loaded with calcium and children who have it daily enter with strong and healthy bones in their adulthood. But it is a myth that you don’t need it anymore as you become an adult or you just make fun out of it that milk is for kids. You are never too young or too old to have your calcium intake daily. Everything in your body is a living part hence bones also need to be nourished every day in order to give your body a strong support system.
Let’s see few roles of calcium in different stages of life:
Toddler or infant- This is a major growing and learning age where your baby needs proper nutrients in order to have healthy growth spurts. Infancy or toddler is the prime age when the bones grow and develop.
Young age or youth- This is the very crucial age (from 9-18 years) where one should have proper calcium to ensure that your bones develop in a healthy manner for later life. If you have a good amount of calcium at this age it will minimize the chances of developing osteoporosis by maximizing bone mass and lowering bone loss.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding- While a woman is pregnant her body starts to absorb more calcium from food so that the baby can get it and their bones and teeth develop in a healthy way. If this woman does not take enough calcium in her diet then the baby starts getting it from her bones which gets weak eventually. However you should always consult a doctor or your gynecologist before taking any supplement during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Adult- Adulthood is after 18 and around the age of 30 the bone mass is at its peak. At this age if you do not have enough calcium in your diet then it can lead to decreased bone mass. Specifically women should start taking calcium supplements after 30 years of age as bones start to become weak during this age.
Postmenopause- In women after menopause there are seen several hormonal changes in the body which increases the risk of developing osteoporosis. There occurs rapid downfall in the level of estrogen in the body which increases the rate of loss of calcium and other minerals. Good calcium intake is necessary at this age as bone loss is common after menopause.
All these points are self-explanatory of how calcium plays a vital role in every stage of our life and lack of this essential mineral can lead to devastating bone changes like osteoporosis. Other than bones calcium is also important to maintain a good communication between brain and other organs. Calcium also plays a major role in cardiovascular function and muscle movement. Hence, all these points are suggestive that calcium intake should be good at every phase of life.
Now the question arises how we can maintain it?
First source is diet. You should have good amount of calcium rich foods like yogurt, cheese, milk, soy milk (fortified dairy alternatives), tofu, salmon and sardines, fortified breakfast cereals and fruit juices, grains and legumes, beans, lentils, whey protein, rhubarb, amaranth, figs, nuts and seeds like sesame, almond and chia, corn tortillas, and green leafy vegetables like watercress, broccoli, kale and turnip leaves.
However at some stages of life like for women after menopause, dietary calcium is not enough and it is necessary to take calcium supplements along with the food sources of calcium. There are many calcium supplements present in the market however many of them (not of good quality) cause side effects like constipation, gas and bloating. However Planet Ayurveda, a herbal pharmaceutical company situated in Mohali, Punjab offers an organic, purely vegetarian and herbal calcium supplement, i.e. Coral calcium complex. Planet Ayurveda ensures the quality of the products by following various standardization and quality check processes. You can get their products in any part of the world as various distributors are present in different cities and countries throughout the globe.
1. Coral calcium complex
It is prepared from Praval pishti (coral), Akik pishti (Agate), Jawar mohra pishti (An Ayurvedic calcium compound), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Mukta pishti (pearl) and Kamdudha ras. No chemicals, additives, preservatives, colors, binders, fillers or yeast is present in these organic calcium supplements. It helps in providing the natural form of calcium to the body without causing any side effects. Coral calcium complex helps in maintaining healthy calcium levels in the bones and teeth preventing bones from osteoporosis. It also helps to maintain healthy nerves, cardiovascular system and muscles.
Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water
Calcium is an essential mineral for sustaining a healthy life. It helps in building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth along with helping our muscles to contract, blood to clot and heart to beat in a healthy manner. Calcium is necessary in every stage of life as explained enough hence only children should not be encouraged to have it but teenagers, adults and old age people should also take it daily in the form of food and Ayurvedic calcium supplement.