Calcium

Calcium is essential for all living organisms, particularly in cell physiology, where movement of calcium ions into and out of cytoplasm functions as a signal for many cellular processes. As a major material used in mineralization of bone, teeth, and shells, calcium is the most abundant metal by mass in many animals.

Proper utilization and modulation of calcium requires adequate serum and intracellular concentrations of magnesium. The two separate ions compete for various receptors in neuromuscular junctions and cells, as well as in other intracellular processes that involve gated calcium-ion channels.

The Magnesium vs. Calcium Controversy #

Upon first embarking on the casual online or literary search for possible relief from ailments related to calcium or magnesium deficiency, the average American consumer is immediately affronted with the “Magnesium versus Calcium Controversy.” This is a paradigm that is easily equated to a veritable battle of marketing wherein competitors face-off with one-sided, digested, and/or popularized science featuring a single favorite author within the field. Such widely varying schools of thought and research regarding these two essential minerals provide the platform for extensive debate, often leaving the consumer stranded in a state of confusion that usually results in tentative decision-making at best that is usually relegated to mere price-comparison. This is a poorly informed purchase that often results in consumers obtaining low-quality products that produce nominal benefits. The argument about magnesium versus calcium is too exhausting and therefore pricing alone becomes the deciding factor for the casual inquirer.

A prevalent factor in modern marketing strategies regarding the Magnesium/Calcium Controversy is blatant disregard for the amazing complexities of systems and processes in the human body that enable the proper use of these two minerals specifically. As an example: current medical practice and policy dictates that even a mild infection must be treated with antibiotic medication, regardless of the body’s intrinsic potential to fend off the invader itself and acquire necessary immunity against future infections. The result of this prevalent medical practice in the face of infectious disease is very often an inevitable dependence on future antibiotic treatment for recurring cases. When observing this medical approach to the Immune System and comparing it to popular marketing practices surrounding calcium and magnesium supplementation, it’s easy to see the similarities in both circumstances; the body is ignored and only the marked focus on the product is maintained.

We at Health and Wisdom acknowledge and applaud the phenomenal intrinsic intelligence within the human body!

Common questions that emerge during a casual search include: “Is the three-to-one calcium over magnesium supplement ratio correct, or is it reversed?” “How much calcium and magnesium should I take?” “Should they be taken together or separately?” “Will too much of one counteract the other?” “What kind of calcium should I take?” and the list of questions goes on.

Point-of-fact is that the human body requires large quantities of both calcium and magnesium on a daily basis to function properly. In most cases, the answer for many calcium-use questions is fairly simple; when adequate dietary and/or supplemental intake is maintained, ratios for serum and intracellular calcium are carefully regulated automatically within the human body. Yes, there are conditions and ailments caused by too high or too low a concentration of overall body calcium, but between these marks, the actual calcium-magnesium ratios are as closely regulated by the body as those of potassium and sodium. Calcium and magnesium are the primary pH buffer minerals for regulating acidity within interstitial fluids, thus the serum concentrations of calcium naturally rise and fall proportionately with eating, hydration, sleep, exercise, etc. An exact “ratio-match” is virtually impossible under normal circumstances involving daily life activities and food consumption, regardless of the romantic notion that such-and-such a product supports “the ratio”.

In conclusion, the key to maintaining the “the ratio” is not a matter of supplementing a certain amount of calcium over magnesium, but rather it is a matter of supporting the body’s ability to regulate “the ratio” by ensuring there is ample daily calcium and magnesium supplementation. Providing the body the tools it needs to maintain effective homeostasis is crucial in promoting health and increasing vitality on many fronts and the key matter becomes finding the purest, most bio-available tools for the body to use. The body’s wisdom is immense and should never be taken for granted!

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