Vitamins, Minerals

Dolomite

Dolomite is best known as a type of rock which combines both magnesium and calcium carbonates. It has recently become popularized as a supplement to cover potential deficiencies in both of these two essential minerals.



Calcium of course is the most prevalent mineral in the human body, being used in the formation of bones and teeth, and performing a variety of other functions including its role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, formulation of enzymes and hormones, and promoting the healthy operation of the cardiovascular system. Calcium is one of a number of minerals that the body can store in times of plenty for future use, because it is critical to so many processes.

Your bones are being constantly regenerated, just like every single cell in your body, which means that calcium is taken from the bones to perform other functions in the body, and replenished from fresh supplies in the bloodstream, obtained through the diet. This cycle shifts as we grow older, with more calcium being used to form new bone when we are young, and more being taken from the bones as we get older. This gradual wearing down of bone mass become pronounced when a person’s diet is calcium deficient, leading to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is particularly common among older women, and so it is highly recommended that women begin supplementing their diets with calcium at a young age in order to increase their bone density and strength, and reduce the possible negative consequences of osteoporosis. These risks cannot be understated, as a broken bone in an elderly person can prove fatal.

Inadequate dietary supple of calcium is only one means by which a person may become calcium deficient. Some conditions also cause excess calcium to be expelled from the body in the urine, while others inhibit the absorption of calcium during digestion, even when it is actually plentiful in the diet. So you may experience symptoms of calcium deficiency even if you believe you have plenty of calcium in your diet.

Additionally, absorption rates of calcium are notoriously low. In a typical glass of cow’s milk, for example, our body will only absorb around 12% of the calcium that it contains, with the rest being wasted and passed straight though our digestive system unabsorbed. The exception to this rule is the amazing coral calcium of Japan, which has an absorption rate in excess of 98%, thought to be because of its optimal combination with a variety of other synergistic vitamins and minerals.



Calcium deficiency causes a condition known as hypocalcemia, which basically just means low levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia include numb extremeties, muscular cramping, lethargy, and in some cases mental impairment. In extreme cases, calcium deficiency can cause irregular heart rhythm, which in turn may lead to sudden heart attack and death. If you experience any of the symptoms of calcium deficiency, you should seek medical advice immediately, as it is often the consequence of some underlying medical condition rather than lack of calcium in the diet. Calcium is one of the few minerals which is still abundant in the over-processed snack culture prevalent in western societies, primarily because many foods are artificially fortified with it.

As has been mentioned, post-menopausal women are at increased risk of calcium deficiency, which can in turn lead to the onset of osteoporosis. Dolomite can be an effective supplement for women concerned about low levels of calcium in their diets, as calcium taken in conjunction with magnesium is likely to be absorbed more efficiently than calcium alone, and will therefore be more effective in warding off osteoporosis or other possible consequences of calcium deficiency.

Additionally, people who are lactose intolerant are often at particular risk of calcium deficiency, since dairy products are a substantial source of calcium in modern diets.

Magnesium is used in conjunction with calcium to construct our bones, as well as in a variety of other bodily processes. Indeed, hundreds of chemical reactions occurring constantly in our bodies require magnesium in order to work, including some involving the nervous system, muscles, cardiovascular system, immune system and the regulation of blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure.

Magnesium also plays an active role in preventing or at least minimizing the risk of developing several conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Though magnesium deficiency is uncommon in western countries, most nutritionists agree that the levels of magnesium in our bodies are much reduced than they would have been in our ancestors. It is speculated that this decrease in levels of blood magnesium may correspond with an increase in the prevalence of many illnesses, including primarily cardiovascular problems, but also impaired immune system and possibly cancer.

Magnesium deficiency can present with a number of symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, tiredness and a general feeling of malaise. Advanced magnesium deficiency is characterized by numb extremities, seizures, and irregular heart rhythm which may led to sudden heart attacks.

Alcoholics may benefit from magnesium supplementation, since alcohol can lower blood magnesium levels substantially, particularly during the withdrawal stage of the illness.

People with conditions which limit their absorption of vitamins and minerals from their diets are also particularly recommended supplementation of these two essential minerals. This includes sufferers of gastrointestinal problems such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Dolomite is often preferred to individual calcium and magnesium supplements because these two minerals, as is often the case with vitamins and minerals, work synergistically in many bodily processes, and supplementing one without the other would produce inferior results to supplementing with both adequately. Dolomite is therefore nature’s solution, a multi-mineral complex if you will.



 

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