Calcium is a mineral that is vital in the formation of strong bones and teeth and is also important in the maintenance of regular heartbeat and the transmission of nerve impulses. Calcium is more effective when taken in smaller doses spread throughout the day and before bedtime. When taken at night it also helps to promote sound sleep. This mineral works less effectively when taken in a single megadose. Female athletes and women experiencing menopause need greater amounts of calcium due to lower estrogen levels. Calcium works best with an equal amount of magnesium for proper assimilation. A calcium deficiency may result in the following symptoms: muscle cramps, nervousness, heart palpitations, brittle nails, eczema, hypertension, aching joints, increased cholesterol levels, rheumatoid arthritis, tooth decay, insomnia, rickets, and numbness in the arms and legs
Magnesium is vital to enzyme activity. It assists in calcium and potassium uptake. Deficiency interferes with the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses causing irritability and nervousness. Supplementing the diet with magnesium may help depression, dizziness, muscle weakness, twitching, heart disease, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, and also may help pH balance. This essential mineral may help arterial lining from stress caused by sudden blood pressure changes and may help formation of bone, and in carbohydrate and mineral metabolism.
Calcium has been known to help osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and affects mostly older women. The National Institute of Health in 1994 recommended 1,000 milligrams daily for premenopausal women and postmenopausal women on hormone therapy, and 1500 milligrams for postmenopausal women not taking hormones. One half to one third of postmenopausal women will get varying degrees of osteoporosis. When taken with CHF #66, women’s hormone cream, it may help more.