The calcium/vitamin D partnership

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While much information floats around about the importance of calcium and the importance of vitamin D, much less light is shed on the vital partnership nature of the two nutrients.

Remember the old song line—“you can’t have one without the other.” That’s how  crucial the calcium/vitamin D partnership is.

The fact is, without vitamin D, the body is unable to absorb calcium properly. Believe it or not, without at least SOME vitamin D, the body cannot absorb ANY calcium.

Vitamin D enables the body to absorb and utilize that calcium for many functions, not the least of which is helping the kidneys to break down and incorporate the calcium that would otherwise be excreted.

There are two sources of vitamin D: It is made in the skin from direct exposure to sunlight, and is available from food sources such as eggs, butter, fatty fish, liver and some fortified foods.

The body’s ability to produce vitamin D from exposure to sunlight and to ABSORB vitamin D and calcium decreases with age.

Thus, elderly people and those not exposed to sufficient sunlight and who do not eat a variety of the limited number of vitamin D-rich foods, may require quality vitamin D supplements.

Unlike vitamin D, calcium is available in plentiful food sources. All dark, leafy greens, almonds, okra and green beans are some of the top plant sources. Animal sources are meat and dairy. The best choices are cheeses such as Mozzarella, raw milk, oily fish, (canned sardines in oil are one of the best sources), grass fed beef, and yogurts and kefir containing probiotic cultures.

Calcium is essential for the bones, teeth, nerve signaling, muscle contraction and the secretion of certain hormones and enzymes, to name a few.

Brittle bones that break easily and are prone to diseases such as osteoporosis seem to be very common today, especially among the elderly, but considerable research has shown that bone density is not what it should be in much of the younger population.

Could it be that the easy availability of calcium foods and supplements is failing their users because the essential calcium/vitamin D partnership is being ignored or neglected?

After all, you can’t have one without the other.

Sources: www.emedicinehealth.com, www.healthalicious.com.

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