Calcium Deficiency Symptoms and Signs: Healing Properties of Calcium

Healing Properties of Calcium

A large increase in the dietary supply of calcium is needed in tetany(a condition marked by abnormal excitability of the nerves and muscles), and when the bones are decalcified due to poor calcium absorption, as happens in tetany, rickets, and osteomalacia. A liberal quantity of calcium is also necessary when excessive calcium has been lost from the body, as in hyperparathyroidism( over-action of the parathyroid gland) or chronic kidney disease.

In such cases, plenty of milk should be given. If this is insufficient, calcium lactate should be given. A teaspoon of calcium lactate weighs about two grams and provides 400 mg of absorbable calcium.

An effective therapeutic dose is three teaspoons, given three times a day in water before meals. It provides about 3.6 g of calcium.

Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency

  • Deficiency of calcium causes changes in the bones and muscles.
  • Calcium-deficient people look pale and listless, get tired, and become lazy.
  • They are more sensitive to cold weather.
  • They become nervous and suffer from mental derangements.
  • Sweating around the head even during cold weather is the most obvious symptom of calcium deficiency in all ages.
  • Deficiency of calcium may cause porous and fragile bones, tooth decay, heart palpitations, muscle cramps, insomnia, and irritability.
  • Children who are born to calcium-deficient mothers generally suffer from calcium deficiency. In such children calcium deficiency becomes more prominent if there is no adequate supply of calcium, proteins, minerals, and vitamins in the form of whole milk, fresh fruits, and vegetables. These children fail to grow or develop healthy and strong bones. They lack appetite and if fed forcibly, may bring out all the food and milk. They suffer from indigestion and diarrhea. They suffer from late and defective teething, and are prone to having emaciated necks and enlarged heads. Deficiency of calcium lowers the body resistance and these children become an easy prey to respiratory and intestinal infections.
  • Deficiency of calcium in young girls causes late puberty, irregular menstruation, excessive bleeding with cramps pain, anemia, and lowered state of body resistance against infections.
  • In case of an inadequate supply of calcium during pregnancy, the development of the fetus continues by drawing the reserve calcium from the bones, but the mother usually suffers from a difficult labor.
  • Bleeding, lack of breast milk, poor concentration of the mind, a prolonged lying-in period – these are all common due to calcium deficiency after childbirth.

Precautions for Calcium Intake

Excessive daily intake of calcium of over 2,000 mg may lead to hyper calcaemia.

Calcium for healthy bones and healthy teeth

  • The human body requires more calcium than any other mineral. The body of the infant at birth contains about 27.5 g of calcium, while the adult human body contains about 1,000 to 1,200 g. At least 99 per cent of this quantity is found in the bones and teeth, giving them strength and rigidity.
  • The remaining one per cent, which is in the blood, muscles, and nerves, plays an important role in regulating important physiological functions.
  • Calcium is a white, malleable, metallic element. Among other substances it is found in chalk, gypsum, and limestone. In the body it is found in various combinations such as calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, calcium fluoride, and calcium sulphate. All these compounds are formed from the calcium carbonate in the organism. Large quantities of fat, oxalic acid, and phytic acid in the food can prevent proper calcium absorption.
  • Not all the calcium that is present in foods is available to the body. The absorption and retention of this mineral depends on its intake as well as other factors. Normally, approximately 20 to 40 per cent of this mineral is absorbed from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream. The amounts absorbed, however, may be greatly increased during periods of rapid growth when mineral needs are high. Absorption of calcium also depends on the healthy condition of the stomach and intestines and adequate supply of Vitamins B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and phosphorus.
  • Calcium is excreted mostly through the urine and the stools. Excretion in the stools is increased when there is deficiency of fats in the food and when there is defective absorption of calcium in the intestine. It is estimated that the daily excretion of calcium through the urine varies between 100-300 mg in men and 100-250 mg in women. This quantity, however, varies and the excretion becomes less during calcium deficiency.

12 Comments

  1. R said:

    I have pain in my knee & back. During my monthly period I have pain, always feel tired. I met with ortho-specialist. Doctor said there is no deficiency of calcium, its only people think that calcium is good for bones.

    December 15, 2009
    Reply
  2. VE said:

    Sometimes my legs go cold and my shin bones (tibia) freeze. What could be causing this? The cold feeling takes a while to subside. I also have slight pain in the kidney region. Are these the symptoms of iron deficiency?

    July 12, 2010
    Reply
  3. B said:

    My dad is suffering from calcium deficiency. I don’t know the exact reason behind it. But the symptoms are very much the same. What are the causes and precautions to be taken? What is the perfect diet for him? He is even suffering from kidney stone.

    December 21, 2010
    Reply
  4. R A said:

    I am 5’8″. This may be hard to believe, I’ve been calcium deficient my whole life. Always had issues related to ADHD or ADD. A lot of the other symptoms appear at random. Recently, I found out that it was due to calcium deficiency.

    December 23, 2010
    Reply
  5. M S said:

    I have spondylosis and I am pregnant. I experience severe pain especially in the night and morning. Please suggest home remedies to get me relief from this pain.

    December 27, 2010
    Reply
    • PUP said:

      Spondylosis can be as a result of bad posture, strain to your back muscles caused due to pregnancy, sitting for prolonged time etc. Bad eating habits, lack of calcium and lack of exercise also are some more causes of spondylosis and backache.
      Walking, swimming and changing posture every few hours will strengthen the back muscles and relieve the symptoms.
      Eat food rich in protein, vitamin C and D and Calcium. Milk, salad and vegetables, tomato, carrot, cabbage and lettuce will give plenty of vitamins and minerals needed for maintaining good health. Lastly, a mild oil massage for the back and neck will give you much relief from the back pain.

      January 1, 2011
      Reply
  6. Ray said:

    I have been told that a cold streak on the cheek (in this case the left cheek) and extending to the area under the chin can be a sign of a calcium deficiency. Could you corroborate this fact for me ? If it isn’t calcium, what kind of deficiency might it be? How can I be sure that my body really lacks calcium?

    March 22, 2011
    Reply
  7. PS said:

    I am suffering from cervical spondylosis since last few years. Recently I am getting electric shock like pain in my right hand. I am not able to balance my body while walking. Muscle twitching is also disturbing me apart from pain in the neck and other areas.

    May 8, 2012
    Reply
  8. MP said:

    Now days the portion behind the knee becomes stiff. It is also painful, especially when I climb stairs. My question is, is it because of calcium deficiency or due to old age?

    May 27, 2012
    Reply
    • PUP said:

      Mostly it is because of your age and the condition suggests of early osteoarthritis. There may also be calcium deficiency together with it as demineralization of bones is common in women after menopause. The other reason may be a cyst at the back of your knee joint. In any case you have to do X-ray of your knee joint and an opinion from orthopedic doctor.

      May 29, 2012
      Reply
  9. SH said:

    I have pain in my knees since 5 years. My doctor recommended pain killers and calcium tablets. But whenever I take pain killers I get pain in my abdomen and chest. I drink milk daily two times in a day.

    April 12, 2013
    Reply
    • PUP said:

      Pain in knee joint can be due to growing age, injury or arthritis.
      • Take 1/4th cup of lukewarm coconut oil and massage it over the affected knee. Massage helps better circulation in the area. However, you should do gentle massage.
      • Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk. Drink it two times in a day. Turmeric contains curcumin, it has natural anti inflammatory properties that may help to relieve pain.
      • Soak 5 to 10 fenugreek seeds in the night and consume them in morning.

      April 13, 2013
      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.