Calcium Deficiency

Calcium deficiency is widespread in today’s society and affects a large proportion of the population. Today, only one in two people can meet their calcium requirements through their diet. As calcium fulfills a number of important functions in the body, a calcium deficiency can lead to a variety of physical complaints and should be recognized and compensated for at an early stage.

Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency

Calcium deficiency can manifest itself in symptoms of cellular hyperexcitability, which can lead to muscle tremors or cramps. The structure of nails and hair can also be disturbed by a calcium deficiency.

Due to the importance of calcium for the bones, a calcium deficiency can increase the risk of osteoporosis, tooth decay and periodontitis.

Detection of Calcium Deficiency

A calcium deficiency can be detected in the laboratory by means of a corresponding blood test. In addition, vitamin D should also be determined, as the sun vitamin is partly responsible for ensuring that calcium can be incorporated into the bones.

The ratio of magnesium to calcium is also important and should not be omitted from the laboratory tests, as a magnesium deficiency increases calcium in the blood and can promote undesirable inflammatory processes.

A calcium deficiency can be detected by means of a blood test in serum or whole blood. The whole blood analysis examines the entire blood, including the components bound in the red blood cells. As the mineral content in the serum is considerably lower than in the blood cells, whole blood analysis should always be preferred for the precise diagnosis of a mineral deficiency.

Remedy Calcium Deficiency

Calcium deficiency can be remedied by eating foods rich in calcium. The best sources are not dairy products, as is often assumed, but high-quality plant-based alternatives such as cabbage, seaweed, sesame seeds and almonds. It is also possible to consider dietary supplements, but the indication, selection and dosage should always be carried out by a competent doctor.

Dr. med. Karsten Ostermann M.A.

Calcium interacts closely with minerals such as magnesium or trace elements such as boron. Individual diagnostics should be carried out before additional supplementation. We will be happy to help you.

Dr. Karsten Ostermann

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