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Almond milk fortified with added calcium and vitamins. Source: Open Food Facts.

Calcium is a chemical element and a mineral that is essential to the proper functioning of the human body.[1] Calcium is particularly important for teeth and bones, regulating muscle contractions including the heart, and helping blood to clot.[1][2]

Calcium ion[edit | edit source]

The chemical symbol for the element calcium is Ca+

Dietary sources[edit | edit source]

Sources of calcium include:

  • milk, cheese and dairy products
  • soybean drinks with added calcium
  • green, leafy vegetables
  • bread and anything made from fortified flour
  • fish bones, e.g. from sardines or pilchards[2]

Purpose[edit | edit source]

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Dosage[edit | edit source]

The British National Health Service states that 700mg of calcium daily is adequate for adults aged 18-64.[2]

Costs and availability[edit | edit source]

Calcium is found in many foods, available over the counter and for severe deficiency can be obained on perscription.[3][4]

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Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Royal Society of Chemistry. "Calcium - Element information, properties and uses | Periodic Table". Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Vitamins and minerals - Calcium". National Health Service. October 23, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  3. "Health Benefits of Calcium". WebMD. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  4. "Calcium". Linus Pauling Institute. April 22, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2021.