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Is 1,000mg Calcium Hydroxyapatite enough to prevent muscle cramps?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 25, 2012 at 1:41 AM

I posted a separate question about possible causes of muscle cramps & stiffness.

Several paleo peeps suggested maybe insufficient calcium as one possible cause.

As I am trying to rule that out, I've been taking 1,000mg Calcium Hydroxyapatite each day (half with breakfast, half with dinner).

Is that a sufficient qty of calcium to conclude it's not calcium deficiency if I'm still having the muscle tightness & cramps (various body parts so it feels more systemic: foot, back, neck, shoulders).

Even on my best eating day this week, I only got 30% calcium from dietary sources.

BTW, in my effort to boost my potassium consumption, I started drinking large qty of V8 (reduced sodium) juice. I started this a few days before the muscles got much worse, so I'm not sure if there is any connection to that (maybe nightshade issues?)

I guess I should mention that in addition to the calicum, I also take 400 mg chelated Magnesium glycinate), and a 6x/day 'green' vitamin (with wheat grass inside).

As I'm trying to get to the bottom of this, I'm trying to rule out one variable at a time. (Trying to consider too much sodium, not enough potassium, maybe not enough calcium all at once is hurting my caveman head!)

All thoughts, comments & suggestions are very much appreciated. Thanks, Mike

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on February 04, 2013
at 12:15 AM

I just started making bone broth in my pressure cooker. Soo fast, super gelatinous.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on February 04, 2013
at 12:14 AM

Funny you ask. I located a doctor on the paleo physician network. I have an appointment tomorrow! I am still having the muscle cramping,but now it's worse: tension headaches : scalp muscles tight, neck muscles tight

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on February 04, 2013
at 12:11 AM

I don't supplement with calcium anymore. I am consuming dairy and I've read that most people really don't need to, and those that do die younger. Check out the book: the perfect health diet. It's really interesting .

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on February 03, 2013
at 05:36 PM

how has the calcium hydroxapatite been working out for you? i have some on the way.

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on April 25, 2012
at 10:51 AM

Good point on the bone broth. I'm due to make another batch. I recently had a magnesium rbc blood test which showed I was normal for magnesium which didn't surprise me bemuse I had been supplementing to bowel tolerance for quite a while. I do eat avocados 4 days per week.

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on April 25, 2012
at 10:47 AM

Good thought. My Recent blood level was 45.

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on April 25, 2012
at 04:52 AM

I do not supplement with calcium I get plenty from eating salmon (and bones. skin) and sardines. I used to get bad cramps too, then I made sure I got enough magnesium, Vit D & Vit K2. I also Drink reduced sodium V8 juice daily. I rarely get cramps now unless I am dehydrated. The body usually has more than enough calcium stored in bones, etc but if we are deficient in other co-factors that mobilize it (Vit D, K2, Mg, etc) when we need it we can be deficient because it is locked in the bones and can not get out so to speak. Perhaps look at how much water you drink daily, I go through approx 2 quarts a day easy and I do not drink coffee, tea, etc only water.

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on April 25, 2012
at 03:47 AM

Ive never taken a calcium supplement before, but I do take Vitamin D which plays a big role (along with K2 and Mg) as to where and how Calcium is distributed in the body.

So my first question back at you would be have you had your vitamin D levels checked?

Im of the opinion that you probably absorb calcium better with a good functioning gut and good vitamin d levels, thus needing less than recommended by the RDA.

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on April 25, 2012
at 10:47 AM

Good thought. My Recent blood level was 45.

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on April 25, 2012
at 04:52 AM

Not Magnesium glycinate, switch to Slow Mag or another delayed mag. I find they work better. :) A real-food way to get potassium is to drink home-made meat broth & eat avocados.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on April 25, 2012
at 10:51 AM

Good point on the bone broth. I'm due to make another batch. I recently had a magnesium rbc blood test which showed I was normal for magnesium which didn't surprise me bemuse I had been supplementing to bowel tolerance for quite a while. I do eat avocados 4 days per week.

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on February 04, 2013
at 12:15 AM

I just started making bone broth in my pressure cooker. Soo fast, super gelatinous.

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