Kids Need Calcium

The importance of calcium to growing bodies

Why you need it

The element calcium has an atomic number of 20 and makes up 1.43% of the human body. It is an element that is vital to life because it provides a multitude of benefits for the body including:
  • strengthening the bones
  • keeping the teeth and gums healthy
  • protecting cardiac muscle
  • transporting nutrients
  • maintaining pH level
  • controlling blood pressure
  • preventing kidney stones, colon cancer, premenstrual depression, and obesity
So with all of these positive qualities, why aren't people getting enough of this helpful mineral?

Signs that you aren't getting enough

Calcium deficiency can be a very serious problem and cause symptoms such as:
  • loose teeth
  • gum disease
  • insomnia
  • palpitations
  • tetany
  • hypertension
  • arthritis
  • premenstrual cramps
  • rickets
Calcium is also extremely important for the growing bodies of children and teenagers to reduce the chance of developing osteoporosis in old age.

Calcium rich foods

Broccoli may not be everyone's favorite food, but despite the common belief that milk is the best source, broccoli can actually increase calcium levels in the body the quickest. Other good sources include: other dairy products, leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds, pulses, salmon, sardines, oysters, peas, and even orange juice and cereals.


The recommended daily allowance of calcium for children between the ages of four and eight is 1000 mg of calcium a day, and for kids falling in the range of nine to eighteen years old, it is 1300 mg a day. For those that aren't getting enough calcium, there are supplements available. A typical dose for preventing low calcium levels is 1 gram of elemental calcium by mouth each day. Supplements will vary in prices, but one bottle of two hundred fifty 600 mg caplets of calcium carbonate costs approximately $10.

How much is too much?

The problems associated with taking in too much calcium are:

  • nausea
  • dry mouth
  • abdominal pain
  • irregular heartbeat
  • confusion
  • death

So be sure to read supplement labels carefully and follow dosing instructions.


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