Calcium is essential for healthy hair growth. Food sources: Dairy, tofu, fish, nuts, brewer's yeast, beans, lentils and sesame seeds. Daily dose: Up to 1,500 mg. Warnings: Too much calcium can inhibit the absorption of zinc and iron; An acid found in chocolate can inhibit calcium absorption.
Calcium is one of the most essential minerals needed in human nutrition. Calcium is needed in every organ of the body, including the brain. Calcium is valuable for tone, power, strength, longevity, vitality and endurance. Calcium also helps regulate metabolism.
Because Calcium is used in almost every function, our body needs more Calcium than any other mineral. Unfortunately Calcium is commonly deficient in our diets. Calcium is one of the first elements to go out of balance when the diet is inadequate.
Calcium is stored in the bones and teeth as well as in the nerves, muscles and tissues. Magnesium and vitamin D increase Calcium absorption. Sodium helps keep Calcium in soluble form in the body.
Remember, if you do not eat right, your hair suffers. The nutrients in food are used by the body to keep the internal organs in good shape, and the remaining nutrients are used for the skin, hair and nails. So a variety of foods, the correct amount of vitamins and minerals and lots and lots of water go a long way in ensuring that your hair looks good. There are healthy hair vitamins, which must for a part of your diet. Vitamin A produces healthy sebum in the scalp. Vitamin C is required for good hair health and Vitamin E enhances circulation in the scalp. Biotin is helpful in preventing hair loss, and inositol ensures the health of the follicles. Vitamin B6 produces melanin, which is responsible for the color of the hair. Calcium, chromium and copper augur healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss. Iodine prevents hair from drying, while iron and magnesium promote hair growth. Manganese, potassium, selenium, silica and sulfur strengthen hair, keeps scalp elastic and regulates circulation. Now all that really looks like a lot to do just to keep your hair healthy, but the end result is worth all the initial trouble.
Suggested Use for Calcium:
Adults: 1/2 to 1 ounce (1 to 2 tablespoons) daily. May be added to fruit or vegetable juice. Consult a health care practitioner for use with individuals under the age of 14.
Important Notes Concerning Calcium:
The suggested serving size is an absolute minimum intended to supplement a very well balanced diet. Feel free to increase the amount. Ionic Calcium does not build up in the body, so creating Calcium deposits is not an issue.
The use of certain medications, tobacco or alcohol increases the body's need for Calcium; so does heavy exercise. Other circumstances (such as stressful conditions) may further increase the body's need for Calcium.
According to Dr. Annette Hasalone-Eve, it is important to take twice as much Magnesium as Calcium.
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