Today (part 2), we are going to look at the synergism that assist in the absorption of calcium into bones. Yes, calcium is a must. And yes, Vitamin D is important. What does Vitamin D do?
It helps bring calcium from the gut, where it is absorbed, to the blood. MDs typically recommend the Calcium/Vitamin D combo because research studies showed increased Calcium content in the blood with Vitamin D. However, that is just half the story. Calcium needs to get into the tissues from the blood, otherwise it’s just a pretty blood test. In order to bring calcium into the tissues, Vitamin F is needed.
Vitamin ‘F’? Are you insane? We have Vitamin A, B, C, D, E…and K. That’s it!
There was vitamin ‘F’ in the past (why do you think they go with the alphabetical order and suddenly decides to jump to K?), only now, it has a different name. Think of ‘F’at. Vitamin F = Polyunsaturated fatty acids, aka linolenic and linoleic acid (academic names), or aka Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats. Yes, good fats! With regular ingestion of your omega 3 and 6 fats, or using products such as Cataplex F from Standard Process, which contains all polyunsaturated fatty acids, can aid in the transport of calcium into tissues. A good sign of a calcium/’Vitamin F’ deficiency is,after shower, your skin gets dry and itchy. That means calcium is not transported into the tissues.
Other than polyunsaturated fatty acids, we also need Magnesium. Magnesium is a versatile macro-mineral that serves many functions in the body. It serves as a chemical gatekeeper at the cellular level, allowing calcium to enter into bone. Phosphorus is another important chemical partner of calcium. We will talk more about these mineral in our next segment, when we investigate the ratios and proper environment for calcium absorption.