Green Tea and Calcium
There are many herbal teas available that can assist us with our health. Why drink coffee and black tea when you can be having a cuppa that is supporting your organs and body in so many ways.
GREEN TEA – Green tea contains compounds known as polyphenols, including phytochemicals that have antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-viral and health enhancing properties. Green tea may protect against cancer, lower cholesterol levels, and reduces the clotting tendency in blood. Green tea has also indicated promising studies with weight loss and assisting in the regulation of blood sugar and insulin levels. Black tea is made from oxidised leaves where green tea leaves are not oxidised at all. Because the oxidising process converts many polyphenolic compounds into others with less activity, green tea is considered to have the strongest therapeutic effects and the highest polyphenol content. Green tea contains generally less caffeine than black too.
CALCIUM – Calcium deficiencies are widespread in human societies, with only one-third to one-half or the necessary requirements being consumes. Calcium is available in almonds, buckwheat, dairy products, egg yolk, green leafy vegetables, molasses, sardines, soybeans and turnips. One of the first signs of deficiency is characterised by muscle cramps, numbness, and tingling in the arms and legs. Deficiencies may result in osteomalacia and osteoporosis. A defiance may result from lack of Vitamin D or abnormal concentrations of hormones that regulate the availability from the bones to the blood.
Low levels of calcium increase the risk of high blood pressure, although supplementation after a diagnosis of high blood pressure should be discussed with your health professional before self-prescribing. Severe deficiency of calcium can lead to abnormal heart beat, dementia and convulsions. The elderly are also at higher risk of calcium deficiency due to the increasing absorption problems as well as a decreased desire for foods rich in calcium.
Calcium is a natural tranquilizer and tends to calm the nerves; when taken 20-40 minutes before bedtime, it can promote deep sleep. By lowering cholesterol, calcium is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Supplementation may also prevent bone fractures in post-menopausal women who already have osteoporosis. Problems with menopause, such as nervousness, irritability, insomnia and headaches may be assisted with a combination of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Calcium will also assist with brittle teeth and nails.
Calcium is available in various forms such as citrates, phosphates, bone meal, and carbonates. Not all forms are suitable for all people and consideration should be given to low stomach acid absorption issues. Dosage may vary depending on deficiency symptoms and diagnosis. Calcium can interact with some medications and people with high levels in their blood (from overactive parathyroid gland and cancer) should not take supplements.
It is important to discuss with your GP, Pharmacists or a qualified naturopath if calcium is suitable or necessary for you to take, and which forms of calcium and dosage would be most beneficial for you. Due to TGA guidelines, I am unable to recommend particular brands or products in this article but I am able to give you product names over the phone or through a consultation in my clinic.
DISCLAIMER: This is not to replace medical advice. Please speak to your Medical Practitioner if you have any concerns. Please contact your Naturopath if you would like to do a supervised detox.