As we have seen on other occasions, the calcium is essential for the proper functioning of the body, not only because it is the mineral with the largest presence in the body, but also because it is a great ally to prevent the onset of disease ,such as osteoporosis, colon cancer, high blood pressure or kidney stone. It is therefore very important an adequate intake of calcium. Taking calcium-rich foods allows us to maintain normal levels of this macro-mineral in our body.
Calcium is essential to prevent osteoporosis or, failing that , to alleviate the effects of the disease. This disease causes in those who suffer a progressive loss of bone mass, resulting in decreased bone strength. This is the main cause of the bones of people with osteoporosis may fracture easily. Progress is slow and often no symptoms until they see the first micro-fractures, when the diagnosis occurs.
To prevent this disease is regular consumption of essential foods rich in calcium , especially in adolescence is when most bone mass is formed, especially milk and dairy products. It is also very important to keep a healthy lifestyle, which involves physical exercise regularly and eliminate the consumption of snuff, alcohol , and caffeine, as they are enemies and bone remodeling. It is also important sunbathing moderately as it helps in the synthesis of vitamin D needed to absorb calcium.
Contrary to what was thought until recently, excess calcium is not a risk factor for kidney stones . In fact, several studies have shown that low levels of calcium can increase the risk of kidney stones. Calcium has the ability to bind to oxalate in the intestine, preventing kidney stones cause.
Insufficient intake of calcium has also influences the occurrence of periodontal disease. In fact, one of the first bones that suffers the consequences of the loss of calcium is the jaw. It is therefore essential to consume calcium in the amounts recommended to combat this periodontal disease. Finally, calcium also influences the blood pressure , so that a limited calcium intake leads to increase blood pressure. Especially important it is to increase calcium intake during pregnancy to avoid thereby the presence of hypertension.
As we see, calcium plays a very important role in our body and helps prevent many diseases and keep our bones in good condition.