A calcium deficiency can lead to the following problems: aching
joints, brittle nails, eczema, elevated blood cholesterol, heart
palpitations, hypertension (high blood pressure), insomnia, muscle
cramps, nervousness, numbness in the arms and / or legs, a pasty
complexion, rheumatoid arthritis, rickets, and tooth decay.
Deficiencies are also associated with cognitive impairment,
convulsions, depression, delusions and hyperactivity.
Orally, coral is used as a calcium supplement to treat multiple
sclerosis, help prevent types of bone cancer, as well as aspects of
heart disease and other chronic health problems.
More specifically, orthopaedically, coral is used as a substrate for
growing new bone in areas damaged by trauma, maxillofacial
reconstruction, cosmetic facial surgery, damaged weight-bearing bones,
and general dietary loss of bone mass.
Coral (calcium carbonate matrix) is derived form coral exoskeletons.
The structure of coral is similar to that of cancellous (spongy) bone.
Coral is advantageous over bone autographs because it causes less
trauma. It is also advantageous over human bone allographs because it
doesn't carry the risk of transmitting infections such as Acquired
Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Hepatitis C, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob
disease. The local infection rate was 4% for coral grafts as compared
to the bone allograph infection rate of 20%. Coral seems to act as an
adequate carrier for bone growth factors. It seems to allow osteocyte
attachment, growth, spreading, and differentiation.
New bone and fibrovascular tissue are encouraged to grow.
A coral calcium supplement benefits you in 2 ways over taking a
regular calcium supplement. First of all the absorbtion of calcium is
higher and it contains more minerals making it much more effective.
Coral calcium also may lower blood pressure as well as helping to
prevent bone loss associated with osteoporisis and associated diseases.
Coral calcium provides energy and participates in the protein
structuring of RNA and DNA. It is also involved in the activation of
several enzymes, including lipase, which breaks down fats for
utilization by the body. It also protects the bones and teeth from lead
by inhibiting absorption of this toxic metal.
Female athletes and menopausal women need greater amounts of coral
calcium than other women because their oestrogen levels are lower.
Oestrogen protects the skeletal system by promoting the deposition of
coral calcium in bone.
Heavy exercising hinders coral calcium intake, but moderate exercise promotes it.