2003-04-05 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Coral Calcium
By Dr. Nancy Gahles
Health & Harmony

Health & Harmony
By Dr. Nancy Gahles

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Coral Calcium

The main claim to fame for coral calcium lies in its extraordinary absorbability. Coral calcium, from the ancient reefs of Okinawa, Japan, has a unique combination of minerals in a naturally occurring form, which, makes it more easily assimilated. Calcium must be taken along with vitamin D in order for the calcium to be activated. Nothing in nature acts alone. It's all integrated function. The most natural form of vitamin D comes from prudent exposure to sunlight. Most of us do not get adequate sunlight especially during the winter months. Vitamin D is recommended as an adjunct with coral calcium.

The mineral content in coral calcium is another advantage. The soil that we grow our foods in has been depleted of many of the natural and vital minerals due to the use of pesticides. Coral calcium contains essential and trace minerals in the right amounts that are safe for ingestion. Coral calcium does not cause constipation because it contains a naturally occurring magnesium.

The literature is replete with the health benefits of calcium. Calcium is the impetus in most major body processes. Calcium is important in the transmission of nerve impulses and therefore indispensable in neurological and muscular function as well as sleep regulation and relaxation. Nervous jitters and restless leg syndromes respond favorably to supplementation with calcium/ magnesium. Development of bones and teeth are dependent on proper calcium absorption as is osteoporosis. Rickets (bone deformity in children from vitamin D deficiency), leg and back pain, muscle spasms and cramps, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, mood and sleep disturbances, menstrual cramps and pre-menstrual syndrome allergies, hypoglycemia can all be symptoms of calcium deficiency. There is also a strong link between calcium deficiency and the development of certain types of cancer. In my experience, most people do not eat diets rich enough in calcium to get the amounts they need for proper function. Children need up to 800 mg/day and adults need 1000 to 1200 mg/day in a supplement with a ratio of 2:1 magnesium together with 100 IU vitamin D. Calcium is found in grains, nuts, legumes and dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli and chard. Calcium is depleted from the body with the use of soda, white flour and white sugar products.

To summarize, there is strong evidence that coral calcium is a superior source of calcium, magnesium and minerals in a highly absorbable form. For further information on coral calcium, please e-mail me at askDrNancy@aol.com. May The Blessings Be!


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