There are many forms of calcium in the marketplace. Calcium is one the most purchased minerals in America. Unfortunately, not all calciums are the same. Calcium carbonate is the most popular form sold. Calcium carbonate is found in the earth's soils as limestone or dolomite. It has often been found to be contaminated with heavy metals such as lead. limestone is not thought of as food, it is insoluble to a great extent. Another type of calcium on the market that has grown in popularity, is calcium citrate. Several studies have shown that calcium citrate is well absorbed by the human body. However, one of the best sources of calcium is calcium lactate. Calcium lactate in nature is a plant source of calcium and is easily converted into calcium bicarbonate with only one biochemical step. Calcium bicarbonate is the readily available form of ionized calcium in the body. This makes calcium lactate the easiest form of calcium to assimilate and be used by the body.
The best source of calcium lactate is dark leafy green plants. Spinach, collard greens, kale, swiss chard and basil are some of the highest milligram dosages per serving. Take caution when purchasing pre-packaged foods that claim to be “fortified” with calcium, they tend to source the lesser absorbed forms of calcium from limestone (carbonate).
Calcium plays a role in many physiological activities including blood clotting, nerve conduction, muscle contraction cell membrane function, immune function, regulation of enzyme activity, not to mention strong healthy bones.
If or when you can’t eat enough calcium, try to supplement your diet with a good form of plant based calcium lactate.
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