The word Calcium comes from the Latin “Calcis” or “calx” meaning “lime”, another name for a Calcium Compound.
Calcium and Vitamin D have a synergistic relationship. They must be taken in conjunction to be efficiently absorbed. Calcium should also be taken with Magnesium in a 2:1 ratio to improve bone health. Calcium was discovered in 1808 by scientist Humphry Davy. Elmer Verner McCollum was the lead scientist in the discovery of Vitamins D in 1922.
Calcium can be found in milk, cream, cheese, butter, kale, nuts and flour. There are a few kinds of Vitamin D, D2 or Ergocalciferol, D3 or Cholecaciferol. Many of us are deficient in Vitamin D, either because our poor dietary intake or living in countries with inconsistent sunlight hours.
Deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to Rickets in children, on Osteomalacia in adults. Calcium and Vitamin D work together to promote healthy bone density and a strong structure. Calcium cannot be efficiently absorbed without the presence of Vitamin D reception to aid it. Calcium is an essential components of bone structure.
Vitamin D can be best sourced from sunlight, but cam also be found in oily fish, cod liver oil, plant oils and seeds. Vitamin D has recently been shown to improve asthma, immune system, heart and brain function.