Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Is Moringa a Good Source for Calicum? Answers to Some Calcium Questions.

Today's subject is important. Calcium is one of the minerals that is super important to your health. There are factors you may not be aware of that influence your uptake of Calcium.  You should also understand how taking Moringa powder fits into your daily Calcium needs.

The Different Kinds of Calcium:  Your body has to break it down to use it. 

What does Elemental Calcium mean on the label and why is it important?
This is the calcium that is actually absorbed by your bones, muscles and other tissues. Not all calcium forms contain the same amount of elemental calcium.  Make sure the label states the elemental calcium, as well as the total calcium in the supplement. 

Magnesium and Vitamin D are needed for your body to break down the calcium. A good supplement will include these two factors.

Tablet, Capsule, or Chewable: It has been shown that many people do not break down tablets. Tablets are cheaper but harder to absorb. Capsules contain the powder that is more easily utilized.  Chewables are more easily absorbed depending on the other ingredients and the type of calcium in the chewable.

Oyster Shell:  One of the cheapest but worst forms of calcium to take. Made from Oyster Shell; extremely hard to utilize because it needs a lot of stomach acid to break it down.  Oyster Shell, dolomite, and bone meal have all been found to contain toxins including lead.

Calcium Carbonate:  a mineral or salt found in most OTC antacids. It absorbs best when taken with breakfast and with a low iron meal. It also needs a lot of stomach acid to break it down. It is absorbed better when taken several times a day. Can cause constipation. It contains 40% elemental calcium but is inadequately absorbed by many individuals. Again, if your stomach is not digesting properly, you have low stomach acid, or over 50, or have any number of health problems that affect your stomach, this is not the best form of calcium to take.

Calcium Citrate: is more easily absorbed and does not take as much stomach acid to break it down. Take with food or on an empty stomach. It is a better choice for most people.

 Calcium Hydroxyapatite  One of the highest absorbed calcium supplements but more expensive.

Calcium Hydroxyapatite, or CH, is made by processing young bovine bone without the use of heat or chemicals. Because of this, it retains all of the bone minerals and residues and keeps them intact and in their original, natural physiological ratios. Amino acids, collagen, and mucopolysaccarides which would normally be lost during the manufacturing process, contribute to the desirable levels of calcium absorption into the bones.

CH also contains healthy doses of potassium, boron, zinc, magnesium, and chromium to aide in its effectiveness. To assist with reversing bone loss, CH also contains gel-like matter, proteoglycans, which assist in the filling of bone matter and help transfer minerals throughout the bone tissue.

It is so effective that this substance is now used in the creation of many bone implants, and in some cases, physicians may make a spreadable paste out of it and use it to directly repair bones. Because it has a porous surface, it lends itself to adhering to the already present bone, and will eventually begin to grow on its own.

Best absorbed when taken with food. Do not take more than the suggested dosage since it is absorbed at a higher rate than the other forms above. It is best to take the supplement 2 hours before taking iron supplements. Be aware of prescription medication warnings and calcium.

Interactions: Calcium may bind to antibiotics, iron supplements,blood pressure medicine, synthetic thyroid hormones, bisphophonates, calcium channel blockers,  and other prescription medicines making them less effective. Read your prescription labels carefully.

Calcium in Foods: 

  • Dairy products, such as cheese, milk and yogurt
  • Dark green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli and kale
  • Fish with edible soft bones, such as sardines and canned salmon
  • Calcium-fortified foods and beverages, cereal and fruit juices

Moringa Leaves:   Highly absorbed calcium.  

The dried Moringa leaves contain 17 times the calcium of milk. 

The Fresh leaves contain 4 times the calcium of milk. Drying the leaves increases its nutrient value other than Vitamin C. 

It contains Vitamin A as well. The high protein, iron, antioxidants, and amino acids all help to build up the mother's health.   

Moringa is used in projects in third world countries to supplement the diet of women who are pregnant and nursing their babies. It has been shown to increase lactation and the quality of the milk. 

Women are given Moringa to increase their nutritional diet while pregnant. In these countries thousands of babies are dying from malnutrition.  They are born underweight with health problems due to the mother's poor health. Often the babies die within the first two years.

Often in these countries, the native people do not know the nutritional value of the Moringa tree until shown. It is growing right in their yard, but they have no idea to eat it. In other countries, it is a basic part of diet, eaten everyday in various dishes.  

I make Moringa Goat's milk and it goes in my yogurt as well. There are numerous ways to supplement different foods with Moringa powder. Go to my website here for more ways to use Moringa leaves and the Moringa leaf powder Here

It is suggested to supplement your diet with two to four capsules per day.  Three capsules equal a teaspoon. I just take the capsules apart and use them in whatever dish I am cooking.

I hope this has helped. All for now. Thank you for reading my blogs...I appreciate you.

Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 


  Moringa Seeds.  This is where I have bought them more recently and gotten good germination.

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