Why we need it in our diet

What is calcium?

Calcium is an element with the atomic number 20 and is a soft grey metal

Why is calcium important?

    Calcium also plays an important role in muscle contraction, transmitting messages through the nerves, and the release of hormones. If people aren't getting enough calcium in their diet, the body takes calcium from the bones to ensure normal cell function, which can lead to weakened bones.

What does it do to your body?

    Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium helps our blood clot, nerves send messages and muscles contract . About 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth.

Is it a nutrient?

    The health and strength of our bones rely on a balanced diet and a steady stream of nutrients, most importantly, calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium is a mineral that people need to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.

How much should teens have?

Children and teens between the ages of 9-18 should aim for 1,300 milligrams.

Fun fact!

Pure calcium metal reacts vigorously and sometimes violently with water and acids.