OLDER PEOPLE AND CALCIUM

Older people often raise the question of whether it is advisable to take biological calcium preparations, for example Urticalcin, or even to eat foods high in calcium, since it is known that in later years the potential danger of the hardening of the arteries and other body tissues is greater. It is an indisputable fact that during old age calcium is being withdrawn from the bones and deposited in vessels and tissues. This process causes the bones to become porous and fragile and the tissues, blood vessels and scar tissue to accumulate calcium deposits. At a quick glance, this argument would appear to favour a reduced intake of calcium. However, experience has proved that a diet low in calcium, surprisingly enough, can even promote osteoporosis, the loss of calcium from the bones.

How can this problem be solved? Calcium is a basic mineral that compounds easily with acids. If during the latter part of life the body accumulates certain acids, for example, oxalic and other acids, which should have been eliminated with the urine, the body compounds these with calcium to form calcium salts. When reduced to an unsaturated state in this way they are rendered less harmful. If we do not permit a deficiency to develop in the mineral metabolism, and we see to it that the calcium level remains normal, we can be sure that there will be no abnormal decalcification of the bones, even during old age. For this reason, too, there will be no calcium deposits in the blood vessels and tissues. This leads us to the question: what can be done to prevent premature aging?

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