Since calcium is the hardest mineral for the body to absorb it is essential to know the source of the calcium in your supplement. I remember a few years ago the “coral calcium” craze. Coral calcium, if it’s not chelated, is nothing more than ground up rocks and very difficult for the body to absorb, especially after age 50. This is because we have started to lose our ability to produce enough natural stomach acids to properly change the pH of the calcium. Since calcium only absorbs in an acid environment, therein lies the problem. Any calcium supplement you choose must be chelated or acidified to help ensure better absorption. Even at that increasing the natural stomach acid production may be helpful to further enhance absorption rates.
Keep in mind too, that calcium should never be taken alone but always with magnesium and several key trace minerals to enhance absorption further. If bone loss or osteoporosis is a concern than it is imperative that your calcium supplement also contain the trace mineral strontium since it has the ability to enhance transport of calcium to bone tissue, increasing bone density over time.
Osteoporosis can be reversed and further bone loss halted but the proper steps must be taken in order to do so. First supply the body with adequate calcium along with the supportive trace minerals necessary to get that calcium back to the bones Secondly be sure to check your digestion and if upper digestive disturbances are present, fix them right away as this will prevent full absorption of any calcium you may take.
At least seven placebo controlled studies have shown that the right form of calcium together with all the co-factors, can not only stop bone loss but actually increase bone density even in senior citizens. This is good news since most of the drugs for this problem can have serious side effects if taken to long. Some of them produce seemingly great results but do so by only masking bone loss so it doesn’t show up on the density tests!! Be sure to watch my video Calcium and Absorption and check back next month for more information about the list of digestive enzymes and how they work for you.