August 9, 2017
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Calcium will influence thousands of biological reactions. The most basic role of calcium is to enable collagen synthesis, along with help from vitamin C and zinc. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and serves to literally stick all cells together. It is the connective tissue that joins cells together to form bones, which are 35% collagen, and to form organs, muscles, skin and more.

Bone tissue is made up of both collagen and a large, complex mineral crystal called hydroxyapatite. Calcium itself is such an abundant component of hydroxyapatite that it ends up as a primary structural component of bone at 39.9% of its structural mass. This means that calcium is doubly important to skeletal health because it is required for the synthesis of collagen and to serve as a structural member of the hydroxyapatite crystal.

Without enough calcium, hydroxyapatite will not be formed in sufficient quantity to maintain healthy bone. And without enough calcium, inadequate collagen will be formed, weakening bone structure further. In all, calcium directly influences 75% of one’s bone structure.

Muscles cannot contract without calcium (just as they cannot relax without magnesium.) You cannot walk, run or pump blood to your brain without calcium. The many roles of calcium drive our daily dietary requirements to 1,000 mg and beyond.

The biologically active form of calcium is ionized calcium, that is, atomic calcium lacking two electrons. Ionized calcium (Ca2+) is the primary electrical signaling element in cells because of its ability to reversibly bind with proteins. As such, it is the most common chemical messenger within a cell. A lack of Ca2+ can disturb multiple cellular functions from energy production, to sugar metabolism, and responses to hormonal messengers.

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