Calcium - Best Mineral During Menopause Age
Unfortunately, women of menopause age must not only contend with the symptoms directly associable with menopause, but other maladies as well. The same hormonal changes that bring about menopause symptoms are also responsible for the greater risk of potential bone loss, or Osteoporosis.
Calcium is unquestionably one of the best minerals to maintain, both prior to and following menopause. While calcium absorption may vary from one person to the next due to individual diet and genetics, illness and disease can also play a role in how much calcium the body is able to retain.
On average, only about 20-40% of the calcium ingested through food sources, is retained. Unfortunately, this percentage decreases with advanced age. Also, lack of exercise, medicines, drugs, smoking, caffeine and stress levels also exacerbate the conditions under which our bodies are able to retain calcium.
The general lack of nutrients can also reduce the body’s ability to absorb and retain calcium. To this end, the vitamins C, D, K, and the minerals magnesium and phosphorus are particularly essential.
Women of menopausal age find that simply drinking a daily glass of milk or ingesting calcium tablets are no longer affective deterrents against osteoporosis and bone loss. For this reason, a healthy balanced diet (with particular attention on calcium) is important for women in general, and especially so for women of advanced age.