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Minerals: Calcium


Did you know that calcium is a natural tranquilizer that can induce sleep. That is why some people drink hot milk before going to bed. 

Calcium is the most plentiful mineral in our body. It resides primarily in the teeth and bones. Calcium is necessary for muscles to function properly and to keep 

your metabolism running. Thus, calcium can help relieve muscle cramps. Calcium needs to have enough vitamin D in the body to be absorbed and used though, and calcium is absorbed less as you get older.

Calcium loss is slowed down by exercise though, which is why people with osteoperosis and other bone related diseases are told to get more exercise. Emotional stress can actually cause your body to lose calcium quickly though, because the stress simply flushes it out of your system.

Calcium is actually an excellent pain killer too though. It has been used in conjunction with Vitamin D to relieve dental pain for instance, and it's been used in injection form for treating pleurisy.

Calcium will help relieve headaches, muscle pains, and menstrual cramps too. It also helps relieve stress, and it helps you sleep at night too so it's excellent to use for insomnia.

Calcium also helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, regulates the heart beat, and helps the body's proper blood clotting functions.

If that weren't enough, calcium also helps the body aborb and use Iron, it helps the functionality of Vitamin C, it helps prevent skin problems, and it can help reduce some of the signs of aging.

If your body doesn't get enough Calcium, or it's not being utilized properly, some of the signs can include insomnia, poor growth, growing pains, teeth and gum problems, weak muscles, painful joints and arthritis, and muscle cramps.

There are also herbs which are high in calcium naturally, and these can be taken as a daily supplement if needed. Some of the best herbs for calcium include Alfalfa, Black Walnut, Capsicum (Cayenne), Chamomile, Dandelion, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Kelp, Parsley, Rosemary, and Sage.

You can get calcium into your body naturally by eating foods such as cheese, soybeans, sardines and salmon, peanuts and walnuts, sunflower seeds, green vegetables, and various milk products.

 

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