Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body and is essential to the health of your bones. It also plays a critical role in muscle growth and proper muscle function, the secretion of hormones, and the transmission of signals in your nervous system. Dairy products, dark green vegetables and nuts are excellent sources of calcium.
Many factors can influence your body’s ability to absorb and use calcium. Vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin D all improve your ability to use calcium. Increased stress, lack of exercise, and diets that are high in fats and phosphorous can decrease absorption efficiency. The risk of calcium deficiency increases in postmenopausal women and can result in decreased bone strength (osteoporosis) and decreased muscle function.
Another factor is genetics. The CASR gene helps to transport and regulate calcium in your body. Variants of this gene can impact the efficiency of your calcium metabolism.
Find out which variant of the CASR gene you have and get expert recommendations on what to do next with Athletigen’s Nutrition Report!