Calcium

Atomic Number: 20

RDA

Infants: Ages 0-1, should have 400-600 mg

Children: Ages 1-10, should have 800 mg

Males: Ages 11-24, should have 1,200mg. Ages 25+, should have 800 mg

Women: Ages 11-24, should have 1,200 mg. Ages 25+, should have 800mg

Women Extended: On estrogen therapy 1000 mg

Not on estrogen therapy, 1500 mg

Over 65 years, 1500 mg

Pregnant Women, 1,200 mg

Lactating Women, 1,200 mg

Main Food Sources

Calcium is mainly found in dairy products, although other food sources for Calcium are dark green leafy vegetables, spinach, kale, turnip greens, cabbage, collard, mustard, seaweed, alfalfa, broccoli, canned fish (such as sardines, clams, oysters, and salmon), and cooked dried beans and peas

Body Uses of Calcium

Maintains bone health, dental care, prevention of colon cancer, reduces obesity. Drinking coffee and alcohol reduces absorption of Calcium

Deficiency and Abundance Repercussions of Calcium

Having a deficiency of Calcium can cause osteoporosis, cramps, colitis, bone fractures, dental health problems, brittleness of nails, insomnia, and bruxism. While having an abundance of Calcium can cause Calcium deposits to form in soft tissue, and can cause heart and lung failure.

Works Cited

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"Elements Necessary for Life." - LiveBinder. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.

"Minerals | Health Benefits | Organic Facts." Organic Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.