Calcium is an essential mineral for the proper functioning of the human body. It is important to maintain a normal level, at the risk of developing various pathologies. This slideshow presents 9 signs of a calcium deficiency.
Le calcium is the most common mineral in the body. Stored at 99% in the bones, it is also found in the cells (particularly those of the muscles) and in the blood. It is an electrolyte, meaning it carries an electrical charge when present and dissolved in body fluids.
What is the role of calcium?
This mineral is essential for the body, as it plays a role in the following processes:
- maintaining a normal heart rate,
- muscle contraction,
- the formation of teeth and bones,
- nerve conduction,
- the proper functioning of many enzymes.
What are the causes and consequences of a lack of calcium?
The lack of calcium in the blood, also called hypocalcemia, can find its source in dietary habits, but it can also be caused by certain medications, by a kidney or parathyroid disorder (which comes from glands located behind the thyroid). This insufficiency is detected through a blood test.
The characteristic signs of this deficiency only really appear when the calcium level is low for a long time.
Hypocalcemia can cause skin, capillary, bone, neurological, psychological, muscular and cardiac disorders.
In which foods can you find calcium intake?
Calcium is easily found in many everyday foods:
- dairy products (especially hard and soft cheeses),
- seafood products (fish, shellfish and seaweed),
- certain mineral waters,
- certain green vegetables (especially leeks, kale, spinach and arugula),
- oilseeds (such as almonds or hazelnuts),
- legumes (white beans, lupins, mung beans, fèvre, chickpeas in particular),
- certain herbs (such as basil, mint, savory and thyme).
In case of’hypercalcemiadoctors prescribe calcium supplements, and sometimes vitamin D, which accelerates the absorption of calcium by the body.
This slideshow presents a (non-exhaustive) list of 9 symptoms of calcium deficiency. It is advisable to quickly consult a doctor when one or more of the signs appear.
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