Calcium – along with phosphorus healthy bones and teeth are maintained. Calcium assists normal clotting of blood, regulates the muscle contraction, and the rhythm of the heart, the acid/alkaline balance of the blood, helps the body to assimilate iron and other essential nutrients to the cells of the body. Calcium also plays a role in nerve conduction, and the activity of enzymes.
Symptoms of deficiency include bone and teeth malformation, weak bones, muscle cramps, pain in the joints, insomnia, slow blood clotting, heart palpitations, excessive activity of the nerves, and excessive tooth decay.
It is best taken with iron, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamins C,D, and F.
It is canceled out by too much alkaline in the body, excessive acid in the stomach, lack of vitamins C and D, stress, lack of magnesium, corticosteroids, anticonvulsive medication, hormone replacement therapy, chocolate, and lack of exercise (99% of our calcium is in the bones).
Foods containing calcium include:
Cereals – Bran, oatmeal, brown rice, cornmeal, Rice milk, whole wheat.
Dairy – Cheddar Cheese, Cottage cheese, Eggs, Goats milk, Goats Cheese, Mozzarella cheese, Swiss cheese, whole cow’s milk (not homogenized milk), yoghurt.
Fruits – Blackerries, Black currants, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Grapefruits, Oranges, Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Raisins, Rhubarb.
Herbs and Spices – Basil, Cinnamon, Cloves, Fennel, Garlic (tom), Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint (na’na), Thyme, Watercress.
Seeds/Nuts – Almonds (loz), Brazil Nuts, Dill seeds, Pistachios, Sesame seeds (simsim).
Sea Foods –. Fish oils, Salmon, Sardines, Trout.
Vegetables etc – Amaranth leaves (calalloo), Asparagus, Black-eye peas, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Cow peas, Dandelion Greens, Green Beans, Kale, Kelp, Okra (bamya), Potatoes (unpeeled) Soybeans, Spinach (raw), Spring onions (scallion), Tofu, Turnips.
Other – Tahina, Black strap Molasses (asal aswud).