Minerals

By: Erin Prohowich

Description: Calcium

  • Mineral: A naturally occuring inorganic solid.

Helps the body regulate blood clotting, nerve activity; and is needed for muscle contraction, including the heart. Calcium helps teeth and gums stay strong, as well as keeps your bones strong.

Food Sources

  • Dairy Products
  • Canned fish
  • dry beans
  • peas
  • Spinach
  • tofu with calcium sulfate

Effects

Not enough: can cause osteoporosis; when bones become porous, making them weak and fragile

Too much: you have a small risk of developing kidney stones; can calsify coronary arteries in suseptable individuals.

Interesting Facts

  • Calcium comes from the Latin word "Calx" meaning lime
  • Calcium compounds are mostly found in sedimentary rocks such as limestone, chalk and marble
  • Calcium is not naturally found in its elemental state.
  • Minerals make up about 4 to 5 % of your body weight, which most become a paert of your teeth and bones

Acrostic Poem

M: muscle contraction

I: inorganic solid

N: nerve activity

E: elemental state

R: reduce blood clotting

A: an abundance

L: limestone

S: sedimentary rocks