Calcium is a basic component of most animals and plants. It makes up three percent of the Earth’s crust and is most famously seen in the limestone white cliffs or Horse shaped carvings in the landscape from ancient times in England. It is found in many foods and is the most abundant mineral in the human body. It is very alkaline. 98% of our calcium is stored in our bones.
Irritability, post menopausal depression, polycystic ovaries and blood sugar control are all potentially helped by calcium – especially when given with adequate Vitamin D. As you come up to the menstrual cycle the calcium drops in the body so giving extra calcium around this time can help prevent period pain and headaches.
Calcium can be found in egg yolk, figs, dates, parsley, chick peas (hummus), almonds (in fact most nuts), miso, sesame seeds (tahini), kale (winter green vegetable), broccoli, watercress and silverbeet.
Magnesium is a light, silvery white metallic element that burns with a brilliant white flame. It gives energy up very quickly in chemical reactions and is involved in over 300 enzyme reactions in the human body. 64% is held in the bones of the human body.
Alcohol, coffee, sugar and stress use up magnesium in the body at a rapid rate depleting other vital minerals and vitamins as well.
Magnesium is rich in foods grown in magnesium rich soils such as grapes, bananas, avocado, wheat grass, almonds and most nuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli and capsicum just to name a few.
Health wise magnesium helps the adrenal glands and is key to our cellular energy. Fatigue, aches and pains, migraines, muscle cramps including period pain can benefit from magnesium. Asthma can be improved with extra magnesium – it relaxes the muscles in the lungs.
Calcium and magnesium go best together in a slightly acidic solution. They are both very alkaline minerals and so a little acid such as cider vinegar or lemon or citric acid helps the minerals go into a solution so the body and cells can use them.
Calcium comes in gluconate and other forms and magnesium has many forms: magnesium citrate, magnesium in amino acid absorbable forms is also good. Bio-available absorbable forms are best.
If you have headaches, period pains, PMS, poly cystic ovaries with blood sugar problems, muscle tension or fatigue or menopausal symptoms such as anxiety or poor sleep it is worth trying some Calcium-Magnesium combinations as an extra supplement to see how much better you might feel. Take them at night with food for best absorption and tolerance.
Children can sleep better as well as adults for some extra magnesium and calcium. Children doses are smaller than adults and teenagers who are growing bones need more calcium than a fully grown adult. For example a teenager can have around 1300mg calcium per day and an adult around 1000mg.
For a sense of calm, better sleep and less pain in your body consider trying “ nature’s alkaline relaxers” – calcium and magnesium. As a holistic doctor I often prescribe them for helping a person relax and sleep naturally or for “tired and wired” women who need a better sleep.
Consult a health care practitioner for any details or questions about your health condition or your family’s health and how calcium and magnesium may benefit.
~ Dr Helen Smith
Dr Helen Smith is a Medical Doctor practising Holistic Medicine. Dr Helen’s areas of specialty include Well Woman Health Checks, Energy and Hormonal Problems for Women, Nutritional Medicine and Dietary Therapy. Dr Helen has worked in the area of holistic medicine for many years and has a special interest in children.