What are Magnesium, Calcium and Zinc?
Magnesium is a mineral found in cereals, vegetables, nuts and dairy products. It is needed for building bones and muscles. It also plays an important role in the normal functioning of muscles and the transmission of nerve impulses.
Magnesium helps to prevent:
- Muscle cramps
- Heart rhythm disorders in extreme cases
Magnesium also helps the body with:
- The formation of bones and muscles.
- Stimulates transmission in muscles and nerves.
- The normal functioning of muscles
- The normal functioning of a large number of enzymes which are necessary to promote metabolic processes in the body.
- Energy production by body cells.
Calcium is a mineral necessary for building and maintaining the health of bones and teeth. Calcium helps prevent osteoporosis in later life and is essential for the normal function of nerves, muscles and transport of other minerals in the body. Calcium is mainly found in dairy products such as milk and cheese. If you don’t consume a lot of dairy products the chance of getting a calcium deficiency is high and can also increase the risk of impaired bone development at a young age.
What is calcium important for?
Calcium is important for building and maintaining the health of bones and teeth. If you get enough calcium, your risk of osteoporosis in later life is reduced.
In addition, calcium is important for:
- The proper functioning of nerves and muscles
- the blood clotting
- Transport of other minerals in the body cells, such as sodium, potassium and magnesium
Consequences of a Calcium deficiency:
Calcium is not absorbed as well by the blood as we age. Bones decalcify slowly, which causes weaker bones in our older age, increasing the potential of breakage and fracturing. The more calcium in your bones from a young age, the higher their endurability for longer.
Zinc is a mineral and is part of a large number of enzymes involved in the metabolism of the body. Zinc is essential for protein building, tissue development and the normal functioning of the immune system Several foods contain small amounts of zinc such as meat, cheese, cereals, nuts and shellfish. If you eat or drink little to no dairy or meat products, the chances of a zinc deficiency are high.
- Your body to build DNA and make proteins that help produce tissues
- Your immune system to fight invading viruses and bacteria
- For normal hormone balance
- Building bones
- Normal male and female fertility
Zinc is also important for:
- Your hair, nails and skin
- Memory, taste and smell
- The accumulation and breakdown of carbohydrates and fats