Calcium

The most important and most plentiful mineral in our body is calcium. It is estimated that this major mineral comprises nearly two percent of the entire body weight of an average adult. This percentage may be better noted by the average weight of calcium in pounds in both men and women. Studies suggest that adult males conserve nearly two to three pounds of calcium in their bodies, while females maintain an average of one to two pounds.


The majority of calcium, virtually 99%, is stored in our skeletal structure and teeth. The remaining percent is stored in soft tissues, cell membranes, and bodily fluids. Many individuals supplementing calcium in their diets think of this mineral as being inert, or not having the ability to move or act in bodily processes. We consume this mineral and often times assume that calcium in just stored as a density and protection mechanism for various conditions that are related to both tooth and bone structure. This, however, is untrue. Calcium is constantly flowing into and out of bone.


When certain percentages of calcium are low, bones release stored calcium to optimize blood serum levels. The same is true for the opposite. If blood levels are too rich in calcium, bones will absorb this excess, and the remaining amounts are either absorbed in the intestinal tract or excreted via urine.


There are certain nutrients that directly coincide with our ability to absorb calcium from dietary sources. In the complexity of calcium absorption, vitamin D, parathyroid hormone, and, the amino acid lysine, provide a synergistic effect on overall calcium absorption and its associated metabolic processes within the body. Also of importance are nutrients consumed in the diet that hinder calcium absorption. Nutrients and compounds such as phosphorus, iron, oxalic acid, phytic acid, and fiber, all adversely effect the absorption of this vital mineral.


There are various forms of calcium consumed in the various dietary foods and nutritional supplements we consume to achieve our daily adequate intakes. The average adult readily absorbs approximately 30-40% of all ingested dietary calcium. Listed below are the most common forms of calcium, listed in order of their bioavailability:


  • Calcium aspartate
  • Calcium citrate
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Calcium gluconate
  • Calcium lactate
  • Calcium chloride

Calcium aspartate remains one of the most soluble forms of supplemental calcium. Often categorized as an amino acid, it is actually a calcium salt, formed from the binding of calcium and the amino acid aspartic acid. Aspartic acid is critical in the many delivery mechanisms of calcium to various sites within the body. The combination of a mineral and amino acid provide for far greater absorption, assimilation, and usage. Calcium aspartate has been utilized for muscle cramps, spasms, pain, insomnia, anxiety, and muscular tension. Calcium citrate and aspartate may also be beneficial for individuals concerned with the acid-based balance of their bodies.


Calcium is required for the important processes of growth, maintenance, reproduction (protein structuring of DNA and RNA), tooth and bone growth, the metabolism of lipids, and also helps to maintain the integrity of cell membranes and their permeability at any given time. It may also assist persons in the maintenance of a regular heartbeat, and be equally beneficial for proper nerve transmission and functioning. Calcium is also crucial in the development of many enzymes (e.g. lipase) which allow our body to digest nutrients needed for the maintenance of our overall health.



Products Containing Calcium
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Advantage Matrix $27.89
 
(0)
$1.39 20 ISS
Bar $14.89
 
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$1.24 12 Promax
Black Powder $18.95
 
(0)
$0.95 20 MRI
Carb Conscious Bar $12.99
 
(0)
$1.44 9 Supreme Protein
Carbo Hit $9.50
 
(0)
$0.40 24 Mega Pro
Cellmass $34.79
 
(0)
$0.87 40 BSN
Collegiate Muscle Milk $31.95
 
(0)
$2.00 16 Cytosport
Complete Whey $21.00
 
(0)
$0.47 45 Cytosport
CytoGainer $23.89
 
(0)
$2.39 10 Cytosport
Detour Bar $14.99
 
(0)
$1.25 12 Forward Foods
Dyma Lean Chocolate $32.95
 
(0)
$1.65 20 Dymatize
EndoRush $37.99
 
(0)
$0.79 48 BSN
EndoRush Fruit Punch $39.99
 
(0)
$2.67 15 BSN
EvoPro $28.40
 
(0)
$0.89 32 Cytosport
Exoprin $32.95
 
(0)
$1.10 30 Progressive Health
Extreme Body RTD50 $26.40
 
(0)
$2.20 12 ABB
Extreme Body Shake $37.69
 
(0)
$37.69 1 ABB
Extreme Smoothie $2.10
 
(0)
$0.09 24 VHT
Extreme XXL $22.99
 
(0)
$2.30 10 ABB
FiProFlax $9.78
 
(0)
$0.33 30 Health From The Sun
Fit Drink Mix $23.99
 
(0)
$1.20 20 Apex
Flexcin $33.96
 
(0)
$1.13 30 Joint Pain
Gainers Fuel $18.62
 
(0)
$1.86 10 Twinlab
Genuine Brewers Yeast $6.90
 
(0)
$0.22 32 Twinlab
HairTopia $49.94
 
(1)
$0.00 0 Hair Boutique Hair Loss
Hardcore Essentials Pure Pro $39.99
 
(0)
$0.55 73 ABB
Heavyweight Gainer $17.50
 
(0)
$1.75 10 Champion
Isopure meal Replacement Drink $39.95
 
(2)
$2.00 20 Natures Best
Lean Body $41.95
 
(0)
$2.10 20 Labrada
Lean Body Chocolate $71.89
 
(0)
$1.71 42 Labrada
Lean Body Chocolate Peanut Butter $48.95
 
(0)
$2.45 20 Labrada
Lean Body For Her $35.99
 
(0)
$1.80 20 Labrada
Lean Body Mass $26.24
 
(1)
$2.92 9 Labrada
Lean Body Neopolitan $41.99
 
(0)
$41.99 1 Labrada
Lean Body RTD $32.38
 
(0)
$2.70 12 Labrada
Lean Dessert $14.85
 
(2)
$0.82 18 BSN
Lean Mass Complex $41.20
 
(0)
$2.06 20 Prolab
Low Carb Lean Body - Promote Muscle Growth $41.99
 
(0)
$2.10 20 Labrada
Low Carb Lean Body High Protein Shake $41.99
 
(0)
$2.10 20 Labrada
LowCarb Lean Body $71.89
 
(0)
$1.71 42 Labrada
Mass Meal $31.25
 
(0)
$2.08 15 ErgoPharm
Max Protein $26.99
 
(0)
$13.49 2 Apex
Meal Replacement $41.99
 
(0)
$1.05 40 Met-Rx
Mega Gainer $16.39
 
(0)
$5.46 3 Dymatize
Melancor $28.95
 
(1)
$0.48 60 Melancor Hair Loss
Mix & Shake $17.99
 
(0)
$0.90 20 Amino Vital
Monster Milk $29.99
 
(0)
$2.50 12 Cytosport
Mus-L-Blast 2000 $14.95
 
(0)
$1.66 9 Genisoy
Muscle Juice $15.89
 
(0)
$1.77 9 Ultimate Nutrition
Muscle Milk Light RTD $34.95
 
(0)
$2.33 15 Cytosport
Muscle Milk RTD $31.65
 
(0)
$2.64 12 Cytosport
Muscle Milk RTD BAN $6.99
 
(0)
$0.58 12 Cytosport
Myodrive $52.49
 
(1)
$2.62 20 SAN
Myoplex Carb Sense(MCS) $39.99
 
(0)
$2.00 20 EAS
Myoplex Deluxe $99.99
 
(0)
$2.78 36 EAS
Myoplex Lite $11.99
 
(0)
$0.29 42 EAS
Myoplex Original $44.96
 
(0)
$1.07 42 EAS
Myoplex RTD $34.95
 
(0)
$34.95 1 EAS
Myozene $44.99
 
(0)
$2.81 16 BioQuest
N-Large2 $18.99
 
(0)
$0.63 30 Prolab
NaNo Vapor $37.99
 
(0)
$0.95 40 MuscleTech
Nitro-Tech Hardcore $49.99
 
(1)
$0.78 64 MuscleTech
Nitrocore 24 $23.99
 
(5)
$0.86 28 Optimum Nutrition
Ny-Tro Pro-40 $49.95
 
(1)
$2.50 20 AST
Pro Complex Gainer $33.99
 
(3)
$2.43 14 Optimum Nutrition
Pro-MR $37.94
 
(0)
$1.90 20 CNP Professional
Probolic SR $48.89
 
(0)
$0.87 56 MHP
ProCore Advance $23.99
 
(0)
$0.73 33 Kemistry
ProPeptide $28.86
 
(0)
$2.06 14 CNP Professional
ProV60 $29.81
 
(0)
$1.49 20 Labrada
Real Gains $21.63
 
(1)
$1.97 11 Universal Nutrition
Recover X $31.99
 
(0)
$2.00 16 Muscle Link
Russian Bear $22.95
 
(0)
$7.65 3 Vitol
Serious Mass $22.99
 
(2)
$2.87 8 Optimum Nutrition
Shot Bloks $20.27
 
(0)
$0.56 36 Clif Bar
Sizeon $19.99
 
(0)
$2.00 10 Gaspari Nutrition
Smart Gainer $38.99
 
(0)
$1.39 28 IDS
Super Heavyweight Gainer $47.82
 
(0)
$1.59 30 Champion Nutrition
Super Multi $9.35
 
(0)
$0.16 60 Dymatize
Super Weight Gain $11.55
 
(1)
$1.16 10 Genesis Nutrition
Synotrex $27.90
 
(2)
$0.00 0 Joint Pain
Syntha-6 $25.89
 
(1)
$0.86 30 BSN
Tight! RTD $24.11
 
(0)
$1.00 24 SAN
True Mass $39.99
 
(1)
$2.22 18 BSN
UltraMet $30.64
 
(0)
$1.53 20 Champion Nutrition
Up Your Mass $32.48
 
(0)
$1.91 17 MHP
Whey Gourmet $27.95
 
(0)
$0.93 30 PVL
Whey Matrix $26.00
 
(0)
$0.37 71 ISS
Whey Protein Fuel $30.91
 
(2)
$0.48 65 Twinlab
Whey Stack $21.99
 
(0)
$0.71 31 Champion Nutrition
XM2 $31.47
 
(0)
$1.05 30 Xyience
Zero Carb Isopure $39.99
 
(0)
$39.99 1 Natures Best

 

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