The Importance of Calcium

It's Essential to our bodies By: Trenton Painter Hour1 #17

What does calcium do?

  • Calcium helps build bones and keep them strong and healthy.
  • Calcium helps our blood clot
  • Calcium allows for messages to be sent through the nervous system
  • Calcium helps our muscles and blood vessels to contract and expand

Why calcium is an essential nutrient

  1. Almost every cell in our body uses calcium in some way. It's essential to give our cells this nutrient because without it, almost all our cells will suffer and won't be as strong. "Why Is Calcium Important." Why Is Calcium Important. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.
  2. Our bones store calcium to keep strong and healthy, but if you don't get enough calcium, then as you age, especially when you're older, you can get osteopenia or osteoporosis, which means your bones become frail and are more likely to fracture. "Why Is Calcium Important." Why Is Calcium Important. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.
  3. Calcium is used by magnesium to maintain a steady heartbeat as well. Without calcium, our heart beats would become irregular which then will lead to heart problems such as heart disease and heart attacks. "Life Vibrant." Life Vibrant. Life Vibrant, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.
  4. Our bodies store 99% of its calcium in the bones and teeth to help make them stay strong. If our bones and teeth absorb that much of the calcium we intake, if we don't get enough calcium, our bones and teeth would greatly suffer. Not only would we get osteoporosis, but we would have teeth problems as well. "Calcium: MedlinePlus." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2015.

MLA sources

"Calcium: MedlinePlus." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2015.
"Life Vibrant." Life Vibrant. Life Vibrant, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.
"Nutrition and Healthy Eating." Calcium and Calcium Supplements: Achieving the Right Balance. MayoClinic, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.
"Why Is Calcium Important." Why Is Calcium Important. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.