Calcium is Required for Energy Production

By Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

July 31, 2010

Calcium is Required for Energy Production
Most people think about calcium in terms of its vital role in bone building. However, the flow of calcium in and out of all cells is vital to cellular function. A new study shows that if calcium signaling is lacking1 then cell energy systems break down and the cells start eating themselves.

This new study proves for the first time that a steady state of calcium flow between cells is needed for cells to make energy properly. The production of cellular energy requires many nutrients such as the B vitamins and coenzyme Q10. This is the first study to show that calcium signaling is integral to successful cellular energy production.

While the chemistry relating to this study is fairly complicated the bottom line is not. Anything that disturbs energy production is unhealthy and anything that enhances energy production is healthy. Drugs that have fatigue as a side effect, of which there are dozens in common use, cannot be justified for any long-term use as their risks far outweigh their benefits.

Getting calcium to your cells can be enhanced by forms of calcium that are attracted to cells. Examples include calcium AEP (the AEP takes calcium to cell membranes, especially nerve cell membranes), calcium malate (malate takes calcium to muscles and is also anti-fatigue), calcium taurate or glycinate (taurate of glycinate take calcium to nerves needing to relax properly).

Calcium is central to nerve and muscle function. Now we see it is also needed for cells to sustain energy production. While these vital needs of calcium are often not thought of in comparison to the need for bone health, this new study places a whole new emphasis on calcium as a vital cofactor nutrient for health and longevity.

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