Origins of Calcium
Calcium is a mineral that was first discovered and isolated in 1808 by Sir Humphrey Davy. Its name derives from calx, the Latin word for lime. Calcium is essential for the body and is one of the main building blocks of bones, teeth, leaves, and shells. It is classified as an alkaline earth metal.
Calcium cannot be made by the body, so it is essential that we consume enough in order to maintain healthy levels. Foods rich in calcium include seeds, small fish where the bones are consumed such as sardines, dairy products such as milk and cheese, and green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach.
The Government recommends a calcium intake of 700mg per day for those between the ages of 19 and 64. (Mineral figures were obtained from Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom, 1991).
Benefits of Calcium
Calcium is essential for bone health. It is required for the development of bones in children, reduces the loss of bone mineral for post-menopausal women (specifically women over the age of 50 when consuming at least 1,200mg of calcium per day from all sources), and is vital for overall bone and tooth health throughout your life. A calcium deficiency can lead to easily fractured bones and weak and brittle nails, as well as a condition called rickets which affects bone development in children.
Calcium also contributes to the normal functioning of other bodily mechanisms, such as energy-yielding metabolism, muscle function, and the performance of digestive enzymes. Furthermore, calcium helps regulate cell division and contributes to normal neurotransmission and blood clotting.
What is Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is a type of secosteroid. It comes in different forms, with Vitamin D3 being the natural form that the body makes from sunlight. The other main form of Vitamin D is D2.
Vitamin D is synthesised when the skin is exposed to the sun. For this reason, it is often referred to as ‘the sunshine vitamin’. Vitamin D can also be found in various food sources, including oily fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines, red meats and beef liver, and egg yolk. This means it can be difficult for vegans and vegetarians to consume enough Vitamin D, especially when living somewhere with limited sunlight such as the UK, and so it can be useful to take supplements in order to maintain a healthy balance of Vitamin D levels in the body.
Benefits of D3
Vitamin D plays a significant role in the absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus within the body and contributes to normal blood calcium levels. If you are consuming enough calcium but are deficient in Vitamin D, your body won’t be able to absorb or utilise the calcium you are intaking. Therefore, it is important to maintain healthy levels of both in the body. We’ve made this easy for you with our combined Calcium & Vegan Vitamin D3 tablets.
Vitamin D, like calcium, is important for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, both in adults and in developing children, and contributes to normal muscle function. Vitamin D also assists in the functioning of the immune system, the process of cell division, and the inflammation response.
Our Calcium & Vegan Vitamin D3 Tablets
Our Calcium & Vegan Vitamin D3 tablets contain 800mg calcium and 1,000iu Vitamin D3. We use vegan vitamin D derived from algae, making our tablets a suitable choice for those following a plant-based diet. Three tablets are taken per day, preferably at mealtimes. We offer four different packet sizes, making it easy to meet your nutritional needs. We recommend the 500 and 1,000 tablet options for use by more than one person, and the 120 or 240 tablet options for use by one person. This is to ensure that you are receiving the full use of the product before its expiry date. The tablet is offered in a torpedo style at an 18mm diameter, making it easy to swallow whilst packing in all the nutrients. Our supplier's ingredients are tested at independent third-party labs with ISO17025 certification to ensure the quality and safety of the materials we use. We manufacture and package our own tablets here in Oxfordshire at our certified facility.