When and Why to Take Calcium Phosphate

by Michael Brown on June 26, 2019

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When you think about calcium, you probably first think about the overall health of your bones and teeth.

In fact, your body contains anywhere from 1.5 – 2.5 lbs. of calcium and 99% of that makes up, specifically, the dental and skeletal systems.  

What doesn’t make up your bones and teeth is instead used in the membranes that hold your cells together, including those that make up your skin, blood, and other fluids of the body.

Did you know, though, that your body actually contains a special type of calcium called calcium phosphate? The calcium that makes up the harder parts of your body is actually a compound of pure calcium and phosphorous.

How Much Calcium Is Needed?

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Generally speaking, the average adult needs about 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day until they reach what is considered an advanced age for their gender. Women should typically bump their intake to 1,200 milligrams a day when they hit their 50th year. Men can usually hold off on this bump in calcium intake until their 70th year.


Of course, pregnant women, children, and infants need calcium more than adult men or non-pregnant women do. This is because calcium is needed for healthy bone formation and growth, including that of fetuses. The National Institute of Health outlines necessary calcium intake for every stage of life.

What Does Calcium Do for Us?

As we have already touched on, calcium has many different functions within the body. Aside from just making our bones and teeth stronger, calcium also helps blood vessels regulate the flow of the blood throughout your body. This keeps your blood pressure at a manageable level for your heart to keep up.


Calcium also helps your muscle movements. When your muscles need to contract, calcium makes this an easy transition. If you find that you are often cramping, you likely are short on calcium in your diet.


Your nerve cells use calcium in communication. This helps your body better recognize pain sensors and other stimuli.


Finally, calcium helps to clot the blood. Without calcium, our blood would be very thin. We would bleed easily and our wounds would not heal properly.

There are Different Types of Calcium

There is no such thing as “pure” calcium. Calcium always combines with other elements in nature, depending on the purpose that the calcium must serve.


When we digest calcium, our body picks the calcium apart from the other elements, which allows it to benefit from the calcium in our diet. Calcium phosphate- or tricalcium phosphate, as it is sometimes called- contains about 40% elemental calcium. This means that, when you take in a supplement of calcium phosphate you are getting a significant dose of the calcium your body needs.


Calcium found in bone meal or oyster shells is not recommended for human consumption because it is often laced with lead or other toxins. This calcium is what you will sometimes see referred to as carbon calcium.


If you want your body to better absorb the calcium you take in from your diet, make sure that you are getting plenty of Vitamin D. Be careful, though, when taking supplements. Most calcium supplements already contain Vitamin D and you can get too much of a good thing.

Sources of Calcium in Food

Before reaching for a calcium phosphate supplement, you might want to take a look at your diet to see if there are any ways you can enhance your calcium intake naturally.

Below, we have outlined some of our favorite calcium-rich food sources.

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The darker the greenery, the more calcium it is going to contain. One cup of cooked collard greens, for example, can deliver 266 mg (25%) of your daily calcium requirement. There are exceptions, however.


Spinach is very dark green and contains a ton of calcium, but because the calcium is bound to the greens as an oxalate, it won’t digest as well as other options like kale or mustard greens. This means you won’t get as much calcium absorption from spinach.


When considering leafy vegetables, don’t overlook rhubarb, however. Rhubarb is rich in calcium. From one cup of cooked rhubarb, you’ll absorb about 100 mg of calcium.

Figs

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Dried figs are exceptionally rich in calcium. One ounce of the dried fruit delivers 5% of your daily calcium requirement. They are also rich in potassium, vitamin K, antioxidants, and fiber- all of which will aid in digestion. This ensures that your body gets the very best out of your diet.

Whey Protein

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Little Miss Muffet was on the right track with her curds and whey. Whey protein, which is found in milk, is an excellent source of protein as well as amino acids. We already know thanks to extensive studies that introducing whey protein into your diet can increase weight loss and improve your control of your blood sugar.


Lost in the  sea of other benefits, we tend to overlook the calcium content of whey protein. One ounce of whey protein powder contains 1/5 of your daily calcium requirement.

Almonds

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Almonds are the highest in calcium when it comes to nuts. A single ounce of almonds (20 nuts, give or take) delivers about 8% of your daily calcium requirement.

Seeds & Beans

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Believe it or not, seeds contain tons of nutritional elements including calcium phosphate. Poppy seeds, sesame seeds, celery seeds, and chia seeds are especially beneficial in this regard. In just one tablespoon of poppy seeds, you’ll find 126 milligrams of calcium.


We already know that beans are a great source of protein, but they are also very rich in calcium, fiber, and other micronutrients including magnesium and potassium. A single cup of winged beans has 244 mg of calcium.

Dairy

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We already know that dairy products contain tons of calcium. A single ounce of parmesan cheese, for example, contains about 331 milligrams of calcium. A cup of yogurt has nearly 1/3rd of your daily calcium needs.


There are a few things to remember with dairy, however. The softer the cheese, the lower the calcium (but higher the protein) content. Aged, hard cheeses are more calcium-rich and actually easier to digest.


Low fat yogurt and Greek yogurt, also, will have more calcium than higher fat options.


When we get our calcium from dairy products, our body tends to absorb it easier. This is a good reason to introduce a little more dairy into your daily life!

Why Add Phosphorous to Calcium Supplements?

Our bodies need both calcium and phosphate to function well. Because they bind together well, it is a good idea to take a supplement that offers both.

Calcium phosphate has been found to be the most effective calcium compound in terms of providing the best overall bone and dental health as well as a steady release of calcium into the body without overloading the body with calcium all at one time.

An overabundance of calcium can result in a number of complications ranging from heart failure to memory loss and even stroke. You need to ensure that you are not overdoing the calcium, hence, the added phosphorous in calcium phosphate supplements will help provide a steadier release of the nutrient.

Now that you are aware of the benefits and risks of calcium phosphate supplements, as well as a few good leads on how to add calcium into your diet naturally, we want to wish you luck on this step to better health.

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You will soon find that you are feeling stronger, that your teeth are less sensitive, and possibly even that your fingernails and hair are stronger and shinier than ever before. Keep up the good work and feel free to check back in the future for more articles about enhancing your personal healthcare regimen.

As always, if you have any questions it is a good idea to consult your physician before making any major changes. They will know more about your personal health situation and be able to provide structured and directed advice that tailored specifically for you.

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