Calcium

Monday, April 16, 2012

You probably know that calcium is good for you. But like many people, you may not be getting enough in your diet. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about calcium in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Calcium has many important jobs. Your body needs calcium to help muscles and blood vessels contract and expand, to secrete hormones and enzymes and to send messages through the nervous system.

Calcium is important to build stronger, denser bones early in life and to keep bones strong and healthy later in life.

Each day, you lose calcium through your skin, nails, hair, sweat and waste. Our bodies cannot produce calcium. Thats why its important to try to get enough calcium through the foods we eat. When we dont get enough calcium for our bodys needs, calcium is taken from our bones.

It is important to get plenty of calcium in the foods you eat. Foods rich in calcium include dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, and leafy, green vegetables. Growing children and teenagers need more calcium than young adults. Older women need plenty of calcium to prevent osteoporosis. People who do not eat enough high-calcium foods should take a calcium supplement.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.