Calcium for Women and Children
Calcium is important for the overall health of every human being, but it is especially important for women and children. Children and older women need it to ensure strong bones and proper growth, pregnant women need it to ensure a healthy pregnancy, and women of childbearing age need it to regulate hormones.
Children do not just need calcium to ensure healthy bone growth. Did you know that 49% of children in urban environments between the ages of 1 and 8 have twice the amount of lead that is required to diagnose a child as at risk for lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning can affect the brain, lowering cognitive ability and causing a host of behavioral and learning problems. Adequate levels of calcium break down lead before it can be absorbed by the body. It also prevents the lead stored in bones from being released back into the body.
Lead is a major factor in stunted growth and mental development in infants. The placenta readily absorbs lead and other toxins from the mother’s blood, exposing the fetus to lead during its formative moments. Maintaining high levels of calcium after the 20th week of pregnancy reduces the rate of lead transference from the blood to the fetus, resulting in healthier, smarter babies.
Calcium is also a major inhibiting factor in pregnancy related hypertension, preeclampsia and eclampsia. Around 10% of all women will suffer these potentially fatal complications during their pregnancy. Fortunately, adequate levels of calcium have been shown to reduce the risk and severity of these gestational conditions, particularly in women who are vulnerable to developing them.
Non-pregnant women in their child-bearing years can also benefit from increased calcium intake. Most women suffer from some form of PMS, defined by the Linus Pauling Institute as:
…a cluster of symptoms, including but not limited to fatigue, irritability, moodiness/depression, fluid retention, and breast tenderness, that begins sometime after ovulation (mid-cycle) and subsides with the onset of menstruation.
For many of us, this can be frustrating and disruptive. For a few with severe PMS, it can affect their ability to function at work or school, and maintain healthy relationships.
Low levels of calcium have been linked to the onset and severity of PMS, and increasing calcium intake can reduce symptom severity by up to 48%! This is great news for those of us who struggle with these symptoms every month.
Calcium is vital for women and children of all ages, maintaining healthy bones, improving cognitive function, easing the hormonal imbalances of menstruation, and ensuring the health of both mother and child during pregnancy. Coupled with a host of other beneficial nutrients, Dead Sea Moringa provides a healthy source of calcium for all ages.
Who Are We?
Dead Sea Moringa is a partnership between the evangelical community and the nation of Israel. The primary goal of Dead Sea Moringa is to produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects throughout Israel. Dead Sea Moringa has also recently partnered with an organization in Togo, Africa to oversee the cultivation and harvesting of Moringa, as well as its distribution to malnourished children in that region.