Calcium Dietary Supplement Review
Calcium is known best of all it's benefits as a
promoter of healthy and strong bones. But it plays a critical role
in performance as well. Too little calcium and you can't relax your
muscles. Bad relaxation, makes for less potential energy and so on
and ultimately for less than satisfactory contraction. Bad
contraction equals bad workouts and no growth. Get the picture? By
improving relaxation you avoid cramping, injury and twitching.
Calcium is also very important in fat metabolization, so no cigar
for the people who claim milk is fattening. It makes for less fat
storage and better use of present macronutrients in the blood. Using
the recommended FDA dosage has shown to decrease body-fat
significantly in obese people.
It's no secret that the RDV (recommended daily values) were
established back in the 60's and 70's for a 2000 calorie diet. I
don't know many bodybuilders that grow on a 2000 calorie diet. As a
matter of fact I know very few who go below that when dieting.
Also the amounts are outdated, so instead of the recommended 1000
mg you should be closer to 2000-2500 mg of calcium daily. Milk can
help you get a large part of that. And it's safe to use on a diet
too, because of the high calcium content and the not so fattening
simple sugar lactose that makes up the carbohydrate portion of milk.
And last but not least calcium lowers the blood pressure, may
reduce stress and definitely improves the quality of sleep. If that
doesn't sell you on milk, I don't know what will. But there is
I would just like to add that calcium is the transport means of
large number of amino acids and
creatine. It has been an issue that
combining large amounts of protein with creatine can hinder the effect of last-named nutrient. Though
it is best to wait half an hour or so in general, there are
After a workout and with plenty of carbs the issue is
non-existent. Because of the importance of calcium to the
bodybuilder it is of utmost importance to respect the calcium need
of the body and supply adequate vitamins for its proper functioning.
Calcium does not react well to Phosphorus, Sodium, coffee and white
flour. All of them will eliminate Calcium. Too much of a certain
nutrient (be it protein, fats or carbs) can inhibit absorption.
Tetracyline will bind to calcium ions and block the absorption of
Calcium supplement side effects - The most common adverse effects of calcium supplements are constipation, intestinal bloating and excess gas. If simple measures such as increased fluids and fiber intake do not solve the problem, another form of calcium should be tried.
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