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      30.08.2010 17:12
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      A good investment for your own future health

      Calcium is a very important ion required for your body. It is used as a basis for bones, teeth and also needed for membrane functions and muscle contraction. It is certainly needed, but within reason as too much can cause problems. Atherosclerosis is the building up of plaque in the arteries - commonly occurring in the coronary arteries supplying the heart muscle itself. An excess of calcium in the diet could lead to things like this if you're not careful. It's hard to reach this 'excess' point however unless you are taking too much calcium in tablets or other forms.

      I have been purchasing the 'Bone Support' tablets from Tesco - these contain calcium along with vitamin D. The link here is that vitamin D will increase calcium uptake from the gastrointestinal tract. Although you can synthesise vitamin D from sunlight, many of us lack it in our diet - perhaps it's the cloudy weather we have most the time in the UK! The vitamin D will help promote calcium uptake. Once metabolised by the liver, the vitamin D will be converted to a form called 'Calcitrol', which is the active form of vitamin D3 and helps to take up more calcium in the gastrointestinal tract into the bloodstream, which will then be delivered to wherever needed.

      Bone damage can be quite common in older age due to the way we age. Osteoblasts are cells in bones that create more osteocytes, or bone cells. You also have osteoclasts, which destroy these cells when this is needed. With age, the numbers of osteoblasts decreases and the number of osteoclasts increases. Also, your osteoblasts become less active so you are less able to produce a new matrix within your bones. One of the major constituents of bones is calcium along with phospates, which are the main mineral within them. If you use chemical tests to rid a bone of calcium, it will bend! If you do the same for the minerals, it will shatter. Therefore calcium is very important for strong and sturdy bones.

      Having done quite a lot of weights lately, I think it's important to keep my bones strong as more pressure will be put on them with such exercises as well as my joints, which I try to take care of. I have found the Tesco calcium and vitamin D product to be very useful in this respect. You can't really tell the effects but you certainly will one day in the future. It's a good substitute to take if you think you may need it - perhaps you suffer from weak bones or some disorder or disease. You may also lift heavy weights or have even broken a bone, where this will come in handy. For 60 tablets, it costs just £1.04 at Tesco and you can mix and match of the same size products with the 3 for 2 offer. You can buy 180 tablets for £2.97 and take two a day. This will last three months, so the value for money is there.

      Thanks for reading!

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        12.11.2002 04:55
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        My particular subject today is Boots calcium and vitamin D supplements, I presume this is the right section because its titled calcium tablets. I take a calcium supplement daily, because I don't drink milk and don't eat a lot of eggs or cheese. I used to avoid drinking milk as a child if I could possibly help it, on the times when my parents decided I should drink a glass of milk I had to have something to eat afterwards to disguise the taste. I also take a multivitamin supplement which only gives 20% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium. Most multivitamins seem to do this, I don't know why it's probably some kind of scientific reason. Boots calcium and Vitamin D tablets are chewable and vanilla tasting which is good because they taste a bit like sweeties. Each tablet gives 100% of the reccommened daily allowance for calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is important for building and maintaining healthy bones, nails and teeth. It is more efficiently absorbed into the body in the presence of vitamin D, hence the combination in the supplement. It's important for women to have an adequate supply of calcium to lessen their risk of the bone disease osteoporosis in later life. I must admit this was one of the reason I decided to up my intake of calcium. Ninety tablets cost £3.50 from Boots. They come in a small plastic recyclable container. The tablets are suitable for vegetarians. It's suggested that you take 3 tablets a day. There is a warning on the box that excessive consumption may produce a laxative effect. It doesn't specify what it considers excessive, so no taking the whole container in a day! I've been taking calcium tablets for about six months now. I've had white spots on my nails since I was in my teens. They are now almost all gone since I upped my calcium intake. I try and get calcium from natural sources such as eggs, bread and vegetables. Well thats
        about it on the subject of calcium supplements

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          18.03.2002 05:33
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          Calcium is an essential mineral for the maintenance and development of healthy teeth and bones and plays a very significant role in the body’s immune system. The recommended daily allowance of calcium is around 800mg to 1000mg. If you are presently taking any multivitamin tablets or capsules please check the RDA content of calcium that they contain. Dairy products contain high levels of calcium especially full cream milk and yoghurt. A large glass of milk can provide you with around 300mg of calcium. Other products where calcium is evident are: most nuts, broccoli, dried apricots and figs, mackerel, most seafood, okra, pulses, water cress, spinach and sesame seeds. Due to the high fat content of most dairy products it is essential that you balance your diet in order to take in a variety of dairy and non-dairy products or better still make sure that you take daily calcium tablets or multivitamins that contain the RDA of calcium. Calcium deficiency will lead to your bones becoming weak and in the case of a fall they are more likely to break or fracture. This is more evident as we grow older. Bones and teeth naturally do tend to lose their strength with age and therefore it is essential that we all maintain the correct calcium intake, especially once you cross the age of 35. Calcium is also essential for children to naturally help in the formation of strong bones and teeth. However since children tend to consume high levels of dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurt, most of them will get there RDA and thus do not have any problems. Calcium tablets can be purchased in almost all pharmacies and if your diet does not consist of products high in calcium, I strongly recommend that you seriously consider getting hold of these and taking them on a daily basis. I personally take the type available from Boot’s and these are the chewable version. They provide you with 100% RDA and come in pla
          stic bottles containing 90 tablets (three months supply). They taste pretty nice since they are vanilla flavoured and also sweetened. They are also suitable for vegetarians. Since they are of the chewable type they are very convenient to take anywhere, infact very much like a sweet. The bottle of 90 tablets goes for £ 3.30. This works out to around 3p a tablet and to me I consider this very reasonable especially since I am now 36 and trying to take my health seriously (must reduce my coffee intake too). As we grow older our bones and teeth start to deteriorate. Two of my teeth have literally broken in half meaning I am only left with the root. I have just started taking these, after being advised by a close friend, and am sure that over the long run I will get the benefits. I certainly do recommend these and suggest that you carefully look at your calcium intake and make sure that you are within the RDA.

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            16.09.2000 19:47
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            Research has confirmed that a good intake of calcium is vital in building up a strong layer of enamel over your teeth - not to menton keeping your bones strong. The difference calcium makes is astonishing - keeping your teeth cavity-free if used in conjunction with flouride toothpaste. I would recommend calcium tablets to those people who have a deficit of calcium in their diets e.g. people who do not drink milk. Calcium is especially imprtant for growing kids and so if your's refuse to eat dairy products perhaps u should consider these. It is also important not to abuse calcium tablets as overuse can lead to calcium deposits in the bones and kidneys. People with any mobility problems should seek their doctors advice befor useing calcium supplements.

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              25.07.2000 21:01
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              For children aged 5-10 years these are a blessing! I gave my daughter these when she was younger. She has never had a filling and her teeth are very strong and healthy. I strongly feel that this is due to the use fo calcium tablets. My other son who didn't take the tablets has received the same diet and dental care as my daughter but has needed several fillings. Although this is not concrete evidence or proof I feel that calcium tablets are of benefit to your childs teeth. The extra strength and resistance that they provide the teeth with can mean fewer fillings and dental problems in later life. In the long run they can save a lot of money by cutting dentist bills. They are available from your local pharmacist.

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              Calcium is essential for the normal growth and maintenance of bones and teeth, and calcium requirements must be met throughout life. Long-term calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis and other diseases. Calcium supplements are used to prevent and to treat calcium deficiencies. It is recommended to spread doses throughout the day, with the last dose near bedtime. Recommended daily calcium intake varies from 1000 to 1500 mg, depending upon the stage of life.