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Calcium

(300mg as calcium carbonate)

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and is required for blood vessel and muscle function as well as nerve impulse transmission.  The body stores calcium in bones and teeth where it supports their structure and function. When needed, the body draws on this “store“ to maintain constant concentrations of calcium in blood, muscle, and intercellular fluids.

Bone undergoes continuous remodeling, with constant resorption and deposition of calcium into new bone, and these rates change with age. Bone formation exceeds resorption in periods of growth in kids, whereas in early and middle adulthood both processes are relatively equal. As we age, bone breakdown exceeds formation, resulting in bone loss that increases the risk of osteoporosis over time.

Most kids get their calcium from milk, yoghurt and cheeses. Other natural sources of calcium are: edamame, broccoli, collard greens, kale, chard, Chinese cabbage and other leafy greens; almonds and sesame seeds; white beans, red beans and chickpeas, as well as oranges, figs and prunes.

In addition to calcium’s role in healthy muscle function and bone growth, calcium is typically not included in children’s multi-vitamins, which is why we felt it was critical to include it in the formulation of our Jele hydration tablets.

Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs)

AgeRDAsULs
MaleFemaleMaleFemale
4-8 years1,000mg1,000mg2,500mg2,500mg
9-13 years1,300mg1,300mg3,000mg3,000mg
14-18 years1,300mg1,300mg3,000mg3,000mg
19+ years1,000mg1,000mg2,500mg2,500mg