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What does calcium do besides building bone?

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Calcium also plays an important role in several other body functions, including:

There's also some early evidence that calcium might lower blood pressure and help protect against colorectal and prostate cancers. However, these benefits have yet to be confirmed in studies.

  • Nerve signal transmission
  • Hormone release
  • Muscle contraction
  • Blood vessel function
  • Blood clotting

From: Calcium: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Draft Recommendation Statement."

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "All About Calcium Supplements."

Kuanrong L. , June 2012. Heart

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Calcium: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 07, 2018

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Draft Recommendation Statement."

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "All About Calcium Supplements."

Kuanrong L. , June 2012. Heart

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Calcium: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 07, 2018

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