Calcium – the “Miracle” Mineral

The Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano recently came out with an issue of their Pin Dot Press promoting the nutritional values that can be derived from Parm, particularly the Calcium. The article goes on to point out that sufficient vitamin D is required to pump that Calcium into our systems. The recommended minimums are listed for different age groups, from newborns to those over 70, as well as for pregnant or lactating women. The highest requirements for this mineral are for those last two cohorts, though the 9-18 y.o.’s and those over 70 are not far behind. One ounce of Parmigiano Reggiano supplies 300mg of Calcium. This makes this type of cheese one of the best sources of Calcium around. All cheeses supply the mineral and generally speaking, the harder the cheese (such as a Parm) the higher the Calcium content.

We associate Calcium with bones and teeth, yet it apparently offers several other benefits. Not only good for your teeth, it is also good for the gums that surround them. It is reported that it is important in the maintenance of a regular heartbeat and the transmissions on nerve impulses. Some reports claim that Calcium lowers cholesterol levels and that it can help prevent cardiovascular disease. It is required for muscular growth and contraction, and it helps prevent muscle cramps. There are several other benefits that have been associated with Calcium, including cancer prevention.

Again, the nutritive value that is most frequently associated with Calcium is that which it does for our skeletal system. A little extra calcium is required during the formative years so pack a little in your child’s lunch, then offer a little more for an after-school snack. And for anyone that is pregnant or is lactating, make sure that you get that extra bit of cheese. And to help prevent osteoporosis later in life, start loading up on your cheese today.

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