The primary function of calcium is to build a strong infrastructure (bones, teeth and nails), but it also supports our musculature, our entire nervous system, as well as communication at the cellular level.
Many people aren’t balanced, meaning that they either have too much or too little calcium. When too much calcium is present in the body, it may lead to heel spurs, kidney stones, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, muscle contractions and joint stiffness. Having said that, if not enough magnesium is ingested along with the calcium, calcium levels will increase.
Magnesium is needed to help mobilize and balance calcium levels in your body and aid in muscle relaxation. Therefore, a magnesium deficiency may lead to an arrhythmia.
Increased calcium levels may lead to blood clotting while magnesium will increase blood flow. Calcium and magnesium create a balancing act within the body. The adult human body contains approximately 1,200 grams of calcium, 99% of which is present in the skeleton, as well as 20-30 grams of magnesium with about 60% of that located within bones.
Not only does magnesium help calcium absorb into the bone, it creates a more pliable, less brittle bone. It’s a combination of calcium AND magnesium makes bones stronger.
In order for the body to absorb BOTH calcium and magnesium correctly, you need Vitamin D. Vitamin D aids both elements to absorb within the body. Magnesium directs Vitamin D where it needs to be within the cells.
As mentioned above, on a cellular level calcium is needed to fire a nerve that causes muscle contraction. Calcium build up will contract the muscles until it leads to muscle cramping. Keep in mind that the heart is a muscle.
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