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Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is found in some foods, added to others, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids). Calcium is required for muscle contraction, blood vessel expansion and contraction, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and transmitting impulses throughout the nervous system. The body strives to maintain constant concentrations of calcium in blood, muscle, and intercellular fluids, though less than <1% of total body calcium is needed to support these functions.

The remaining 99% of the body's calcium supply is stored in the bones and teeth where it supports their structure. Bone itself undergoes continuous remodeling, with constant resorption and deposition of calcium into new bone. The balance between bone resorption and deposition changes with age. Bone formation exceeds resorption in growing children, whereas in early and middle adulthood both processes are relatively equal. In aging adults, particularly among postmenopausal women, bone breakdown exceeds formation, resulting in bone loss that increases the risk of osteoporosis over time.
Can Vitamin D help combat the coronavirus?

Can Vitamin D help combat the coronavirus?

Severe vitamin D deficiency in UK South Asian population can lead to health problems

Severe vitamin D deficiency in UK South Asian population can lead to health problems

Study shows how G406R single point mutation of the Cav1.2 channel confers autism

Study shows how G406R single point mutation of the Cav1.2 channel confers autism

SARS-CoV-2 spike protein recognized by innate immune receptors in a glycan-dependent way

SARS-CoV-2 spike protein recognized by innate immune receptors in a glycan-dependent way

Impact training improves bone and muscle health in people with Crohn’s disease

Impact training improves bone and muscle health in people with Crohn’s disease

Thinner tissues induce problematic flutter in aortic heart valve replacements

Thinner tissues induce problematic flutter in aortic heart valve replacements

Inadequate calcium and vitamin D intake increases risk of developing osteoporosis

Inadequate calcium and vitamin D intake increases risk of developing osteoporosis

Novel drug candidate offers a major advance in the treatment for diabetes

Novel drug candidate offers a major advance in the treatment for diabetes

TARA Biosystems and VantAI team up to accelerate drug development for cardiac disease

TARA Biosystems and VantAI team up to accelerate drug development for cardiac disease

Low plasma vitamin D level appears to be an independent risk factor for COVID-19 infection

Low plasma vitamin D level appears to be an independent risk factor for COVID-19 infection

Researchers find link between healthy diet and lower risk of prostate cancer

Researchers find link between healthy diet and lower risk of prostate cancer

ProCap DDGS offers high quality nutrition to pigs

ProCap DDGS offers high quality nutrition to pigs

Hypertension drugs are associated with elevated incidence of heart failure

Hypertension drugs are associated with elevated incidence of heart failure

Study shows how mast cells regulate calcium levels to control the immune response

Study shows how mast cells regulate calcium levels to control the immune response

Calcium channel subunits play a crucial role in neurological disorders

Calcium channel subunits play a crucial role in neurological disorders

Scientists identify cellular mechanism that shows promise in treating cancer

Scientists identify cellular mechanism that shows promise in treating cancer

Scientists discover promising drug target for dry age-related macular degeneration

Scientists discover promising drug target for dry age-related macular degeneration

Oxytocin can help treat cognitive disorders

Oxytocin can help treat cognitive disorders

Yale researchers uncover potential treatment for lethal Wolfram Syndrome

Yale researchers uncover potential treatment for lethal Wolfram Syndrome

Dopaminergic neurones behave differently in different animals, shows study

Dopaminergic neurones behave differently in different animals, shows study