Calcium

The element of the human body structure.

Foods

Calcium is found in a variety of different types of food such as:


  • Dairy products such as milk, cheeses, and yogurt.
  • Fish such as sardines
  • Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, turnips, and collard greens.
  • Fortified cereals such as Raisin Brand and Corn Flakes.
  • Fortified orange juice.
  • Enriched breads and grains.
  • Some vegetables and fruits such as broccoli and oranges.
  • Some nuts such as almonds.


Interesting Facts

  • Calcium is ESSENTIAL for both human and plant nutrition.
  • 99% of calcium in your body is used up by the bones and teeth.
  • Vitamin D intake with calcium is important so the bones can better absorb the calcium.
  • Calcium also works with vitamin C to help maintain the right stomach acidity.
  • Magnesium is another important partner of calcium, since it is a counter balance for nerve stimulation and relaxation.
  • Calcium is the 6th most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust.
  • Calcium also helps to moderate muscle action.
  • Calcium is used in making cement.
  • Calcium is also used for removing nonmetals impurities in alloys and as a reduction agent in other metals.
  • Calcium in its pure form reacts vigorously with water and acids.
  • The name "calcium" comes from a latin word "calsic" meaning "lime".
  • Calcium has been known since the 1st century, but wasn't proved as an element until 1808.
  • Calcium is a silvery white, soft alkaline earth metal.
  • Calcium compounds are used in making lime, bricks, cement, glass, paint, and sugar.