There is a helpful chart below with some healthy foods that are rich in calcium. In research studies, calcium has been shown to strengthen bones, prevent osteoporosis, relax the nerves and muscles, soothe insomnia, and remedy the symptoms of menopause and PMS.
Calcium is an effective insomnia remedy. A calcium deficiency is associated with difficulty in falling asleep per a study called “The Nutritional Relationships of Magnesium”. The author notes that the classical sign of magnesium deficiency is falling asleep rather easily, but awakening frequently throughout the night and finding oneself tired even after several hours of sleep.
Calcium and magnesium should be taken in a 2 to 1 ratio, with twice as much calcium taken as magnesium. This is from a study in the Journal of Physiological Reviews.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, one of the leading chiropractic and nutritional journals, published a study called “Hair calcium and magnesium levels in patients with fibromyalgia – a case center study.”
Fibromyalgia is a condition with chronic pain, multiple tender points in joints and muscles and sleep disturbances. After their tests, the researchers found that calcium and magnesium supplements are indicated as an additional beneficial treatment of fibromyalgia.
Regarding calcium for good bone health, a recent study of 70,000 people from a report in the British Medical Journal confirmed that taking both calcium and vitamin D together on a daily basis significantly reduced the risk of bone fractures after menopause.
Enjoy the chart below and use it well for good health.
To your good health,
Jobee Knight Nutrition Breakthroughs Maker of the Effective Natural Insomnia Remedy Sleep Minerals II
Does calcium help with menopause?
Calcium is proven for good bone health in menopause. A recent study of 70,000 people from a report in the British Medical Journal confirmed that taking both calcium and vitamin D together on a daily basis significantly reduced the risk of bone fractures after menopause.
How much calcium do you need during menopause?
Food sources of calcium are absorbed the best. Almonds, broccoli, yogurt, sardines and leafy greens are great. For those who don’t eat much of these foods, a supplement containing 1,000 milligrams of calcium, 500 milligrams of magnesium and 400 milligrams of vitamin D is a good place to start. It can be taken in divided doses.
The abuse of prescription pain medications is at an all-time high. A recent White House study reported a 400 percent increase in the number of people admitted to treatment centers and emergency rooms for abusing prescription pain drugs. The increase was tracked during the 10-year-period from 1998 to 2008 and it spans every gender, race, education and employment level, and all regions of the country. A government representative from the Substance Abuse program said, “The non-medical use of prescription pain relievers is now the second-most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the Nation.”
A battle has been raging for some time between potent natural remedies and addictive drugs and medicines. This is mostly due to the lack of easily understood knowledge about which natural options have been proven effective. In 400 B.C. the “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates said to his students “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”. Mother Nature has provided us with two natural remedies for pain and insomnia that are backed by scientific studies as well as the test of time – calcium and magnesium.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) fact sheet on magnesium says that the mineral is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, and supports a healthy immune system. Calcium is needed to form bones and teeth and is also required for blood clotting. It helps lower colon cancer risk, helps control high blood pressure, and acts as an effective insomnia remedy.
Headaches are a common source of pain. Studies have shown that people with migraine headaches have low concentrations of magnesium in their body. The word “cephalalgia” literally means head pain or headache. In a German study of eighty-one migraine patients published in the journal Cephalalgia, 42 percent of the people taking oral magnesium reduced both the duration and intensity of their migraine attacks. They also reduced their reliance on medications to control migraines.
Adelle Davis was one of the first nutritionists to base her recommendations on scientific studies. In her book “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit” she says, “Calcium is a pain killer par excellence. One physician tells me that he uses no painkillers but injects calcium into the veins of patients suffering even excruciating pain and that relief occurs almost immediately.”
In a recent study of 497 women, calcium was shown to be an effective pain reliever. The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was called “Calcium Carbonate and the Premenstrual Syndrome: Effects on Premenstrual and Menstrual Symptoms.” Within two to three months, the women who were supplemented with 1200 mg of calcium daily, were able to reduce their pain symptoms by 54%, while the women not on calcium actually experienced an increase in pain.
In addition to pain relief, Adelle Davis also recommends calcium as an insomnia remedy. She 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.”
Regarding the use of nutritional remedies containing calcium and magnesium for relief of pain and remedying insomnia, certain formulas are more effective than others. The combination of minerals included and the presence of cofactors in the product are key. Formulas should contain a 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium (twice as much calcium as magnesium). The original research on this recommended ratio appeared in 1935 in the Journal of Physiological Reviews and was made on the basis of long-term metabolic studies in men and women.
One natural insomnia remedy showing good results is Sleep Minerals II, made by http://www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com in Glendale, CA. This sleep remedy contains six types of calcium, three forms of magnesium, boron, Vitamin D, Vitamin K and horsetail herb – all combined in a softgel with carrier oils. Oils such as evening primrose have been shown to increase mineral absorption, reduce calcium excretion, and increase bone density.
Sleep Minerals II has had beneficial results with lessening pain and relieving insomnia. Corrine E. of Alberta Canada says: “I have used many types of sleeping pills during the last 20 to 25 years to try to help cope with chronic insomnia from the chronic pain, and none of them have helped me for as long or as consistently as Sleep Minerals II. This sleep remedy has made a big difference for me. I am on my third bottle. I ran out between the first and second and realized just how much it was helping my sleep.“
1. New Data Reveal 400% Increase in Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for People Abusing Prescription Drugs (Office of National Drug Control Policy).
2. “Lets Get Well” by Adelle Davis. Published by Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Inc., 1965.
3. Thys-Jacobs S, Starkey P, Bernstein D, et al. Calcium carbonate and the premenstrual syndrome: Effects on premenstrual and menstrual symptoms. Premenstrual Syndrome Study Group. American Journal Obstet Gynecol. 1998;179:444–452.