Mineral - Calcium
Calcium is perhaps one of the more well known and most recognized minerals that people have come to know as a common word as much as water and sugar. Calcium is much more than anyone really understands, as it is so important to so many functions within the human body, that it is likely one of the most important minerals of all. But then again, when you look at it, every mineral is pretty much in the same status. But in light of looking at each mineral individually, today we will call this mineral the most important mineral of all.
The technical data for Calcium is as follows; It is associated with the Leucine amino acid and is used 12,174,376 times in the DNA sequence. It follows the CUA codon, carries a valence number of +2, weighs in at 40.08 molecular weight and is known by the symbol of Ca.
Out in the real world, we hear people talking about and even preaching the necessity of taking calcium with the flavor of the most passionate religious preacher might preach religion. As important as Calcium is, it is not of much worth without a number of supporting minerals, in particular Magnesium. Magnesium will move Calcium around to where it is needed, it will not only encourage the movement of Calcium but will even force the movement of Calcium in and out of the cells as needed. Many times a person will show signs of Calcium deficiency, take all sorts of high levels of Calcium supplements, yet never really recover, due to the fact that they did not have the companion dietary supplements that calcium needs in order to function. Although we are looking at Calcium when signs of Magnesium deficiency is being manifested, you can be assured that your Calcium needs are not being met and in fact to the point of not working at all for you. So a Magnesium crisis is also a Calcium crisis. But we are not done with this companion mineral thing yet, Phosphorus is another companion mineral that is on the same level of Magnesium as to the functioning of Calcium. More on Phosphorus and Sulfur later in their respective lecture. There I go again, bringing in another mineral, Sulfur, that one has to be there to have proper Calcium function. But let's work on those companion minerals later on in the other E-Lectures.
The daily needs for Calcium s generally a little under 1000 mg. per day for most people along the whole age span, except for teenagers. They usually need a higher level, like well over 1000 mg. per day, Generally, women with osteoporosis are given does similar to teenager's needs, of 1,200 to 1,500 mg. per day. The downside of this is that usually, no one tells them about the other minerals and hormones that are needed to make the calcium function and to remove the Calcium from the Kidney's after it is used. Oh there I go by introducing another factor for Calcium, that being Hormones. Yes, they are necessary for the functioning of Calcium, but that will come later So anyway, back to the main topic. Those women end up with a weak bone situation and Kidney stones. But if they do talk to them about it, it is usually about taking some medicine to get rid of the Kidney stones, so the list of pills just keeps growing. Intesterling, with Calcium found in the body, upwards of 98 to 99% is found in the bones, and the other 1 to 2% is found in all of the other tissues, blood, etc., But in cases of deficiencies, the 1 to 2% is the first to suffer, yet many times is not readily recognized. Most of the time a Calcium deficiency is not noticed until the person has an issue with their bones, teeth or a Kidney/Renal issue. By this time, the house is burning out of control, so to speak. It takes a great deal of effort to then put out the fire. IE; correct the problem and return the person to normal functioning of their appropriate activities.
When we look at the various aspects of a Calcium deficiency, we need to look at that 1 to 2% that is not in the bones. What we might begin to see is issues like irritability. Have you ever noticed that at times you are just downright grumpy? The little things just get under your skin and you just want to stick some one's head in the trash can, might just be a Calcium issue. Yes, Calcium can affect your emotional state. In my own situation, when I am like that, a good glass of cold milk, raw of course, will tend to take that edge off of the irritability. Other issues like insomnia, nerve actions can take a heavy toll on the emotional system of the person that is dealing with a Calcium issue. So in essence, anywhere the blood goes, flows and touches must have Calcium (or it won't function) or function as it should. When that condition happens, all sorts of mental instability issues will start to make their presence known. Perhaps one of the lesser known roles of Calcium is that it acts as an Electrolyte or a major player in an Electrolyte solution. That leads us to the next paragraph.
Calcium is not directly a superconductive electrical medium by its volumes, such as Copper and Aluminum. We see it as a good conductor by virtue of its mass, because of it's light molecular weight, so it does conduct electricity and does it well. Some of the other aspects that I haven't mention is that Calcium is vital in Signal Transduction and by extension, Neurotransmitter activities. Another key factor of Calcium is that itis directly related to the Regulation of Blood Pressure. So in a way, the electrical aspect of Calcium is involved in this vital aspect of human health. So the regulation of Blood Pressure has a direct relationship to Calcium. Think of all of the people out there with Blood Pressure issues, at its very core, we find Calcium as a regulator. Then you have Calcium playing a role with Copper and Zinc in Vitamin D assimilation. So all sorts of connections with Calcium being at the core of them all.
Calcium is one that is hard to overdose when consumed in the food sourced forms. But when taking Calcium supplements, and supplements of other items, such as Vitamin D, several issues can arise and cause serious problems. The theory is that with the food sourced forms, you will have a better-balanced ratio with the other minerals that are important to have and really is necessary for the properly balanced ratios anyway. So unless you are targeting specific targets, many times Calcium supplementation is not overly effective. However, an effective use and most people won't overdose on Calcium here is that it is used in toothpaste as a polishing agent. It is also used as a filler agent in medicines, and in cooking, etc. So a person will get calcium from various sources in the normal course of life.
Calcium is found in many foods and that will be discussed in a later, in the section of the summary. But to make sure that we include the industrial aspect of Calcium uses. Calcium is used in steelmaking. It helps to make the steel smooth and clean. Also, Calcium is used in part, in place of Antimony and Lead in maintenance free batteries. Calcium is used as a reducing agent in the refining of a number of metallic minerals. Well, as you start the list of the industrial uses, you will find that many, many activities in the industrial world will use calcium in the various processes. It is almost used as widely in the industrial world as it is in the human being. Even though it is found at about the 3% level in the earth's crust, the actual amount of Calcium in the world, on the earth is almost incalculable. It is found most abundantly on the Ocean floors. Calcium tends to leech rather easily from the soil, so in areas of high rainfall, there will be a tendency to test lower or even very low in Calcium content, yet manifest highly or at least on the higher scale, in the water near the high rainfall areas. So water can, and I say can with reservation, be a source of Calcium. Of course, certain types of water are loaded with Calcium, both good and bad versions of Calcium.
Essential Oil Connection.
When we look at this aspect of Calcium, we find it to be consistent with other plants and their resulting oil ratios when expressed in ppm, (Parts Per Million). What I mean here is that some of the trace minerals are just that, trace. They show up in nature at very low percentages or very low on the ppm scale. Since Calcium is not a trace mineral but is found and used in large volumes in nature it will naturally, at least in theory, be high on the ppm scale. Which when we look at it in measured and verified levels, we find that it is found in very high amounts in many plants. With some of the trace minerals, you will see a high dose of trace minerals showing maybe 100 ppm on the high side, or even much lower as a general rule. But with Calcium, being anything but a trace mineral, it will show over 60,000 ppm on the high side and in the 20,000 +/- range all day long in many plants that are used in the essential oil production. Since Calcium is extremely light on the molecular weight scale, it has no problem going anywhere it wants to go. So that is why we see it in so many plants.
So as we look at plants used in the essential oil production, we find the following, with its approx. ppm listed. Valerian Root - 42,000 ppm, Juniper-Red Cedar - 32,000 ppm, Marjoram - 24,000 ppm, Thyme - 23,000 ppm, Basil - 22,000 ppm, Dil - 21,000 ppm, and Oregano - 19,000 ppm. We find a mix of various oils that have weird names, and not found in general aromatherapy use, in fact, I haven't seen many of them offered in any of the main suppliers, a few are offered, like Wild Marjoram, Spanish Thyme, but they all range from 2,500 ppm to 42,000 ppm. Although it is possible that many other plants will register within these ranges as well, due to the fact of Calcium being light, and widely distributed throughout many growing mediums and locations. Now that is somewhat the official version of things. But in reality, because of Calcium being so important and playing a major role in all aspects of plant and animal life, we will likely see it in at least a minimum ppm level, in all plants. The only real variable being the soil in which the plants are grown, as to the Calcium levels that are able to be involved in the uptake of the plant's system and stored in the plant tissue. However, the above-listed oils are oils that have been tested a number of times and have shown consistent ppm levels, as listed. The other oils tend to skew downward toward that 4 digit range.
When it comes to the essential oils, I have found that there is one oil that stands out above all others with this Calcium thing. That oil is Clary Sage. Clary Sage has the unique ability to promote or encourage the organic production of several Estrogen hormones, of which are absolutely necessary, for Calcium absorption. without these particular estrogen hormones, you won't absorb the Calcium. Both genders need these estrogen hormones for the same purpose. So both genders will benefit from Clary Sage use. However, there are some restrictions to using Clary Sage, but it is pretty much limited to women, childbearing age, pregnancy, etc., There are no general restrictions for use for men. One time I gave a friend an oil blend that contained some Clary Sage for his wife to use. She was about 7 months pregnant. I told them to be careful in using it, due to the Clary Sage, it only contained about 15% Clary Sage. She was using it for some emotional needs, but sure enough, it caused her to start having some labor pains. She stopped using it, the pains went away. So we went another route with her protocol.
Summary and Discussion.
The summary on this is one that does contain some interesting material, so here goes; I mention about some plants containing what looks like some very high levels, on a ppm measurement, which in reality are numbers to be reckoned with. Those are some of the plants that are used for essential oil production. But as we move over to the herbal side, we see some numbers that will blow those numbers out of the water. We first see a plant that we don't use the leaf from, at least from my knowledge anyway, and that is Tomato Leaf. It measures in at over 60,000 ppm level. But the next one that impresses me a plant known as Ephedra. This is not the same plant, known by the same name that the FDA came down on a number of years ago. That plant was out of China, same name, but in reality a different plant. The common/local name for this particular plant is Mormon Tea or Brigham Tea. It comes in at a little over 59,000 ppm. What is interesting about this plant is that it commonly grows in areas near volcanic activity. Usually not right in the Lava flows, but near, where you get a mixture of common soil and the volcanic lava. I guess it got its name from when the pioneers came to this part of the country and they didn't have or didn't drink coffee. Actually back then they just didn't have the means to buy the coffee. So they made due with what was here. I have drunk it a number of times and actually enjoy it. It is good, if, you mix some Juniper Berries with it when you brew it up. If you use 1st. year berries, it will rip your teeth out. The 1st. year berries aren't ripe, so it is a touch bitter. But if you use 2nd. year berries, then it is really a nice beverage. The Ephedra plant is a plant that looks like twigs having a bad hair day. But you can use those "twigs" rather they are green, dry or just however they are. So in the end, good cowboy coffee I guess.
Out in the natural world, it is found in many areas. One difficult drawback to this location things is the extraction/mining of Calcium. In this, I am referring to farming practices. Farming can extract large amounts of Calcium from the soil. So it really doesn't take long for the farmed soil to be depleted. In many parts of the country, they essentially add back calcium. Sometimes this is the only artificial fertilization that takes place, as it is the only one that is needed. That demonstrates just how important calcium is to the overall picture. Another aspect is that most pregnant farm animals will experience a heavy draw on the Calcium reserves as they get closer to delivery. Then after delivery, they have a difficult time recovering and won't unless some assistance is given to help in the recovery process. One of the substances given is Calcium, as well as other minerals and sugars. All of which are directly involved in the Calcium conversion process.
Another source of Calcium is milk. Of course, Milk is touted as the main and best source of Calcium. I am biased in this respect as I am a milkaholic. So, of course, I think milk is a good source of Calcium. I did some digging and found in some discussion on milk and the ppm levels found in milk. It shows that cow milk contains an average of just under 1,200 ppm of Calcium and buffalo milk is at about 1,750 ppm. (Pubmed article C4325037). However, it needs to be noted that even though the ppm levels are very low in comparison to many plant sources of Calcium, it is not as it might seem. Some types of plants, particularly those from the Brassica family, IE; Kale, Broccoli, etc., and others like Spinach. This is due to the oxalate effects of some plants. This is related to the synthesization of the incomplete oxidation of carbohydrates. But to only sidetrack a bit, this is where that issue comes into play of Chocolate killing dogs. But really, it is a side issue that hasn't been too accurate. Meanwhile back to the discussion. So even though the levels on a ppm basis might be high, there are a number of factors that can contribute to the amount of the Calcium that can be extracted from those various sources and put to productive use in the biological entity.
Since I brought up the animal aspect. One of the interesting things about Calcium is that it is used in the biological function of cleaning up foreign material in the animal/human. Here is how that works. When a foreign substance gets into the flesh, or internal organs, such as the lungs, and yes the Kidneys. The body will cause an action of using Calcium to Calcifying around the foreign substance, then over time, it dissolves the substance and then dissolves the Calcification. Typically this is very common with cows, where they breathe in tiny bits of hay, grain particles, etc. Other animals (and humans) are somewhat similar. Also, the body, when working properly. will do this with parasites. Of course, if there is a parasite overload, the process gets overwhelmed and ceases to function. Many times in X-Rays of organs like with the lungs, will show all kinds of "Tumors". Then people will freak out, you know, the big C-ride is then suspected. But in reality, it is the organ and the system as a whole, functioning as it should be operating to isolate and neutralize the threat.
So now, since we have come to this point, perhaps it is time to wrap up this E-Lecture. A few things to remember about Calcium, very simple. Calcium is used in and or part of almost every single function in the biological being. It is used in plants, animals, organic functions across the board, and in non-organic functions as well. Found everywhere, but at varying degrees. It is very light in weight and water soluble. As far as most people and by extension, companion animals really should supplement with some Calcium.
So there you have it, Calcium. Hope it has helped you to see the calcium perspective. Hang in there until next time.