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Calcium and Magnesium with Zinc

Calcium is involved in numerous vital functions throughout the body, including; bone building, protein and fat digestion, energy production, nerve transmission and neuro-muscular activity. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, contributing to 1.5 to 2% of total body weight. Bones contain more than 99% of the body's calcium.

Magnesium is critical to many cellular functions including energy production, protein formation and cellular replication. Magnesium's main function is in enzyme activation. Magnesium is predominantly deposited in the bone, the remainder residing in metabolically active tissues such as muscle, brain, heart, liver, and kidneys.

Zinc is needed for the proper action of many body hormones, including thymic hormones, insulin, growth hormone and sex hormones. Zinc is found in every body cell and is a component in over 200 enzymes with 65% of zinc being stored in muscle and is highly concentrated in red and white blood cells. Other tissues with high zinc concentrations include: bone, skin, kidney, liver pancreas, retina and prostate.




Vitamin C

Malic Acid


In powder form, 1 tsp daily with water or fruit juice. The NIH consensus panel on osteoporosis have suggested an intake of 1000mg/day of calcium by estrogen replete premenopausal women and for postmenopausal women treated with estrogen. An intake of 1500mg/day is suggested for untreated postmenopausal women. Up to 2500mg calcium/day is suggested as an upper safety level.

Potential applications

This combination of minerals provides support for a wide range of applications including; osteoporosis or bone fractures, neuro-muscular disorders e.g. fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), cardiovascular conditions e.g. hypertension, the elderly, and sports nutrition (zinc, magnesium, and malic acid are required for efficient energy metabolism (ATP production). Other applications include hypertension in pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, PMS, PCOS, muscle cramps, hearing loss, bronchial constriction, insulin resistance, acne, male sexual function, and macular degeneration.

Known contraindications

Patients with hyperparathyroidism, severe heart disease or cancer should consult their physician before introducing calcium/magnesium supplementation.


Vitamin D is required for effective absorption of calcium. Daily exposure to sunshine, regular exercise and a multi-nutrient formula containing vitamin D and other synergistic nutrients is suggested for optimum bone protection. Calcium in either food or supplemental form has been shown to inhibit iron absorption by 49 to 62% when ingested together. Caffeine increases urinary output of calcium.

Use in conjunction with

  • Fibromyalgia - multi-vitamin and mineral, Rhodiola, St. John's wort, Hemp seed oil, Co-Q10


Interestingly the calcium found in broccoli is twice as bio-available as that found in cow's milk. Physical deficiency signs that correlate with a low zinc status include poor night vision, growth retardation, testicular atrophy, mouth ulcers, a white coating on the tongue, and marked halitosis.


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