There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the discussion of calcium supplementation. Calcium is a major mineral and vitally essential to the well-being of the human body. It is involved in many chemical reactions as well as physical makeup of bones and connective tissues. The problem with calcium supplementation is essentially twofold. Firstly, calcium is one of the most difficult minerals for the human body to absorb and as such requires pre-acidification when utilized in supplement form. This process, called chelation, acidifies the calcium ions with such things as citric acid, malic acid, and amino acids. This makes the calcium far more bioavailable to the body so that it can be properly utilized instead of simply being eliminated. Secondly, calcium requires several trace minerals, which must be present at the same time as the calcium in order for calcium to be transmitted and carried to such areas as the bones. The trace minerals magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, and strontium all play a role in calcium transport and absorption. In fact, a calcium supplement we developed here in our research Institute has been shown to not only halt bone loss during menopausal and postmenopausal years, but it has actually demonstrated the ability to increase bone density slowly but surely over a 24 month period. Not all calcium supplements are created the same and many of the inexpensive brands you get at discount stores contain little more than calcium carbonate, which is essentially ground-up rocks and in this form almost impossible for the body to absorb, especially after the age of 50. Therefore, it is imperative that you read labels when choosing a calcium supplement because of the added trace minerals and acidification of the formula are essential for optimal absorption and the prevention of calcium buildup internally. Check back next week for more information about the flu season ahead.