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Why Does Our Body Need Calcium?

What if we were to tell you that there is a promising new non-addictive nutraceutical that can help you with chronic pain management? Not only that, it also happens to be a substance that naturally occurs in your body and in foods like milk, soybeans and tomatoes

Introducing Palmitoylethanolamide or PEA, an endogenous fatty acid amide that’s an emerging contender in the treatment of pain (chronic and neuropathic) and inflammation. PEA has also demonstrated an ability to assist in opioid tolerance.

Research suggests that in conditions of chronic pain and inflammation, PEA levels in the body may be reduced, thereby preventing PEA carrying out its normal function. Taking PEA supplements (at levels much higher than those found in foods) may help compensate for this shortage.

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When Dietary Calcium Isn’t Enough

For most people, calcium requirements range between 1000mg-1300mg/day depending on age. Foods like milk and milk based products, leafy green vegetables, soy and soft boned fish are rich in calcium. 

As women are at a higher risk of osteoporosis, many doctors recommend that they take calcium supplements, especially after reaching menopause.

Calcium supplements should also be considered if you:

  • Follow a vegan diet
  • Have a high-protein or high-sodium diet, which may cause your body to excrete more calcium
  • Have a health condition that limits your body’s ability to absorb calcium, such as Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Are being treated with corticosteroids over a long period of time 
  • Have osteoporosis.

Calcium Citrate vs Calcium Carbonate

Your body must be able to absorb the calcium in supplements for them to be effective. Several different kinds of calcium compounds are used in calcium supplements. Each compound contains varying amounts of the mineral calcium. There are two main forms – carbonate and citrate. Calcium carbonate may be more commonly available and affordable, but depends entirely on the presence of stomach acid for absorption. Consequently, calcium carbonate supplements should always be taken alongside food

Calcium citrate, on the other hand, is absorbed equally well when taken with or without food and is a form recommended for individuals with low stomach acid (more common in people over 50 or taking acid blockers), inflammatory bowel disease or absorption disorders. 

Heathershaw’s calcium citrate supplement is combined with Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2, to  help the body utilize the calcium more effectively than other manufactured alternatives.

You can talk to our compounding pharmacists about creating a formulation with calcium, or other supplements, specifically tailored to your specific needs.

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