Calcium Foods for Strong Bones and Good Sleep

calcium foodsCalcium Foods for Strong Bones and Good Sleep

Calcium is one of the most famous of all minerals due to its vast array of benefits to our health. Dr. Linus Pauling, the two-time Nobel Prize winner said: “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

Studies have proven that calcium increases bone health, reduces high blood pressure, relaxes the nerves and muscles, prevents colon cancer and kidney stones, and acts as an effective remedy for insomnia and sleeplessness.

Adelle Davis, one of the first nutritionists to base her recommendations on scientific studies, says:  “A calcium deficiency often shows itself by insomnia, another form of an inability to relax. The harm done by sleeping tablets, to say nothing of the thousands of dollars spent on them, could largely be avoided if the calcium intake were adequate.”

Calcium was discovered by the British chemist Sir Humphry Davy in the early 1800’s.  Regarding stomach and colon health, a 2007 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that calcium protects high-risk people from developing the polyps (growths in the large intestine) that can lead to cancer in the large bowel.

Calcium supplements were also shown to help prevent kidney stones in a 2008 study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

Calcium is directly related to our cycles of sleep. In one study, published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers found that calcium levels in the body are higher during some of the deepest levels of sleep, such as the rapid eye movement (REM) phase. The study concluded that disturbances in sleep, especially the absence of REM deep sleep or disturbed REM sleep, are related to a calcium deficiency.

William Sears, M.D. writes: “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.”

One calcium-based supplement shown to be effective for insomnia is Sleep Minerals II from Nutrition Breakthroughs.  This formula contains highly absorbable forms of calcium and magnesium, the best minerals for sleeplessness and insomnia, as well as for menopause insomnia, heart health, restless legs syndrome and bone strength.

It also includes vitamin D and zinc and is delivered in a softgel form with healthy carrier oils, making it more quickly absorbable than tablets or capsules and providing a deeper, longer-lasting sleep.

Richard P. of Parkville, Maryland says: *The Sleep Minerals are making quite a difference.  I was regularly waking up at around 3:00 a.m. and couldn‘t go back to sleep. Now I wake up once to go to the bathroom, but the great thing is, I then fall back asleep and sleep several more hours.*

Anita L. of New Caney, Texas says: “I was having hot flashes every 30 minutes to an hour through the night and was so miserable.  After about two weeks of taking the Sleep Minerals, I noticed an incredible difference with my sleep.  I have much less interruptions from hot flashes, I’m sleeping much better and I’m a lot more comfortable.”

Calcium can be obtained from calcium foods or supplements, and a combination of both may be beneficial to overall health.

This health news is provided by Nutrition Breakthroughs, a publisher of nutrition articles and supplier of effective natural remedies since 2002. Nutrition Breakthroughs makes the original calcium and magnesium based natural sleep aid Sleep Minerals II, as well as Joints and More, the natural solution for joint relief, aches and pains, stronger hair and nails and more energy.

Calcium Bone Health: Soda Pop Takes Fizz Out of Bones

By David B. Milne – Human Nutrition Research Center

Osteoporosis, or the loss of bone, affects more than 25 million people in the United States, including one out of every three people over the age of 65. It is eight times more prevalent in women as in men. It is the major underlying cause of bone fractures in postmenopausal women and the elderly.

The chance one will have osteoporosis in later years is related to the amount and density of bone at the completion of growth. This depends largely on a person’s calcium intake and retention from birth through adolescence. And adequate intakes of magnesium and phosphorous are also important.

Recent surveys, however, indicate that about 60 percent of men and 90 percent of women don’t get the recommended amount of calcium. Surveys also show that self-selected diets also provide less than the recommended intake allowance for magnesium for a significant percentage of adults and teens.

Lower intakes of calcium and magnesium have been accompanied by a large increase in the consumption of non-diet sodas. Twenty years ago, the average teen drank as much milk as soda. Today, teens average twice as much soda as milk. Recent surveys have shown a rise in soda as the beverage of choice among many adults and teens.

Last fall, the Center for Science in the Public Interest publicized concerns that kids are guzzling too much “liquid candy” in the form of non-diet sodas at the expense of foods that are important for healthy bone growth. The average teen male drinks three cans of soda a day; the average teen girl drinks two.

These concerns are well founded. Studies at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center and other laboratories have shown that large amounts of fructose, the major sweetener in soft drinks, upsets the balance of minerals needed for healthy bones.

We found that when young men in their 20s and 30s downed 4 ½ cans of non-diet soda every day for six weeks, it upset their balance of major bone minerals; they retained less calcium and lost more phosphorous than they ate. The effect on the bone minerals was greatest when the diets were also low in magnesium.

There is a way to have sodas and keep the fizz in your bones. One or two sodas a day may be okay. However, people also need to eat foods that are rich in calcium and magnesium.

Milk and milk products are excellent sources of calcium and phosphorous. Calcium is also found in sardines, clams, oysters, and canned salmon. Dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale, collards, turnip greens, mustard greens and broccoli are good sources of both calcium and magnesium. Seeds, nuts, legumes, and cereal grains are additional sources of magnesium.

Carbonated drinks have a place, but in moderation. However, to assure healthy bones and quality of life, we must pay attention to the other beverages we drink and the foods we eat.

This news on calcium bone health is shared with you by Nutrition Breakthroughs, a provider of natural health articles and effective natural remedies since 2001. Nutrition Breakthroughs makes the original calcium and magnesium based sleep aid Sleep Minerals II, as well as Joints and More, the natural solution for joint relief, aches and pains and stronger hair and nails.