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Boning Up With Calcium

Best known for its importance to strong bones and teeth, calcium has a number of other essential uses.

When not enough calcium is present in the blood to satisfy these needs, the body steals it from the bones. Over years, this results in weak, brittle bones, called osteoporosis.

The prevalence of osteoporosis among middle aged and older people is a testament to a general deficiency of calcium in the diet.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in healthy bodies. 99% of that calcium is in the bones. Only 1% is needed in the blood to satisfy calcium’s other functions.