Calcium is needed in larger amounts than any other mineral. Supplying our bodies with enough calcium can be challenging! Not only is the amount of calcium important, but also the form in which the calcium is taken. Unfortunately, even the best of conventional calcium supplements is relatively unusable by the body. As seen time and again, calcium supplementation consumed in large quantities doesn’t avert the onset of osteoporosis.
Does Your Body Use the Calcium You Give It?
The human body can only use water-soluble calcium. “Water-soluble” means the calcium is elemental in nature. In other words, there is nothing else attached to it. A molecule of elemental calcium is small enough to enter a human cell. Unfortunately calcium does not often occur in nature in its elemental form. It usually bonds to something else, creating a calcium compound. If there is anything besides “calcium” in its name, it’s a compound. A few examples of calcium compounds are: calcium carbonate, calcium gluconate and calcium lactate.
When a calcium compound is consumed, each molecule has to be broken apart before its calcium becomes usable. Often the electrical bonds that hold the molecule together are stronger than the human digestive system. When a calcium compound molecule cannot be broken apart, the calcium remains in a large size, typically larger than our cells. Absorption of that calcium is simply not possible. A person may actually develop a calcium deficiency (or even osteoporosis) while faithfully consuming the most common calcium supplements.
What Happens When Calcium Is Not Usable At The Cellular Level?
Some large minerals simply move through the digestive tract and exit the body. Nothing is gained and nothing is lost except the cost of purchase. At other times the consequences are much more serious. Certain minerals tend to build up in the body and become toxic. Calcium is one of them.
When a calcium supplement cannot be broken down small enough to go into your body’s cells, some of the calcium molecules may get lodged between cells. That leads to calcium deposits associated with certain types of arthritis. At other times calcium deposits become calcium kidney stones. Other large calcium molecules float around in the blood ready to become plaque inside the arteries. Unusable calcium is also responsible for a number of other disease conditions.
Large calcium molecules cannot be used at the cellular level; therefore they cannot meet the body’s requirement for calcium. When there is an immediate need, the body is forced to take usable calcium out of its storage area (our bones). Osteoporosis may develop.
A buildup of too much unusable calcium in the body can virtually lead to a state of calcium toxicity. Ironically, at the same time, there may be a calcium deficiency from not having enough usable calcium! Understanding this concept is extremely important.
Calcium Needs to be Water-Soluble
Calcium in water-soluble form serves a two-fold purpose. Water-soluble Calcium reverses symptoms of calcium deficiency. At the same time water-soluble calcium helps alleviate problems caused by a buildup of unusable calcium in the body.
When we start taking calcium in a usable (water-soluble) form, the calcium first goes for immediate use where it is most needed at the moment. That typically means going into our soft-tissue cells. After all of those cells have their calcium, then any extra starts going into bone storage. Bones that are low in density become stronger. When the bone storage is full, the body is satisfied. It no longer feels the need to hold onto calcium that is too large to be used. Therefore the body gradually starts releasing it. Calcium deposits gradually diminish and so does the discomfort associated with them.