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Calcium is in nearly everything around us - from our own bones and biology to the buildings that shelter us. It is essential to the function of life and manufacturing. It is the fifth most common element known to man, and US Calcium provides it at the highest quality.
Learn just how important calcium is to the function of your everyday life below.
Calcium is part of almost everything around you. Not only is it essential in our own body's growth and an agricultural super-agent, it is also a key building block in all the everyday items around us.
Calcium carbonate is critical to the construction industry, both as a building material in its own right and as an ingredient of cement. It contributes to the making of mortar used in bonding bricks, concrete blocks, stones, roofing shingles, rubber compounds, and tiles. It is even used in the glass industry.
Calcium carbonate decomposes to form carbon dioxide and lime, an important material in making steel, glass, and paper. It plays an important role as a reducing agent in the process of metal extraction as well.
GCC or PCC is used as a filler in paper because they are cheaper than wood fiber. Printing and writing paper can contain 10-20% calcium carbonate. In North America, calcium carbonate has begun to replace kaolin in the production of glossy paper.
Because of its antacid properties, calcium carbonate is used in industrial settings to neutralize acidic conditions in both soil and water. Calcium carbonate also benefits the environment through water and waste treatment.
In the oil industry, calcium carbonate is added to drilling fluids as a formation-bridging and filter cake-sealing agent; it is also a weighting material which increases the density of drilling fluids to control the downhole pressure. Calcium carbonate is added to swimming pools as a pH corrector for maintaining alkalinity and offsetting the acidic properties of the disinfectant agent.
Calcium carbonate is widely used as an extender in paints, in particular matte emulsion paint where typically 30% of the weight of the paint is either chalk or marble. It is also a popular filler in plastics.
Polypropylene compounds are often filled with calcium carbonate to increase rigidity, a requirement that becomes important at high use temperatures.It is used in the production of some metals, and acts as an allying agent.
Calcium carbonate is a super-food for plant and animal health. The same properties that strengthen the walls of massive buildings fortifies the cell walls of great crops. Calcium carbonate has four primary roles in the fortification of plants:
Calcium carbonate helps maintain chemical balances in the soil and reduces soil salinity
Improves water penetration in the plant and soil
Calcium carbonate neutralizes cell acids
Plays a critical role in carbohydrate extraction
Much like humans, animals rely on calcium carbonate to strengthen bone growth and enhance development. It allows animals to gain weight, be more chemically balanced, have a cleaner stomach, strengthens bones and teeth, and even strengthens egg shells from poultry.
When looking for feed, you want a feed that provides the purest form of calcium carbonate to deliver the best, well-balanced meal. Our calcium carbonate brings the minerals and nutritional supplements that your animal needs.
Our calcium carbonate is produced from a specialty, high purity source to ensure you receive the maximum calcium content so your animals and livestock are receiving the proper nutrition they need to be healthy.
Above all, calcium is simply essential to LIFE. Calcium is key in building strong, dense bones when we are young, and keeping them strong and healthy as we age. 99% of the calcium in our bodies is found in our bones and teeth where it is the structure to growth and function. Knowing that our bones are the structural foundation of our bodies - our lives - the importance of ensuring we receive the proper amount of calcium increases greatly.
Men and women should have a regular daily intake of around 1,000 mg of calcium per day. As people age, that amount should increase to around 1,200 mg daily. Food is the best source of calcium to help reach the recommended daily dosage. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are the richest sources of calcium, but it can also be found in certain green vegetables such as kale, broccoli rabe, and collard greens.
Some foods and juice are fortified with calcium and other nutrients in order to give them more nutritional value. Foods fortified with calcium include fruit juices, other drinks, cereals, grains, tofu, and cereals.
Supplements are also a popular aid to reaching recommended calcium consumption, especially for those who are at a higher risk of a calcium deficiency. 43% of Americans rely on calcium supplements to reach adequate calcium intake levels.
Two common types of calcium supplements include Calcium Carbonate and Calcium Citrate. At US Calcium, we produce Calcium Carbonate; which also has medicinal capabilities to neutralize stomach acids and help with absorption of other nutrients.