Thursday, May 14, 2009

Children’s Health: Growing Pains

Although children may commonly experience “growing pains,” it is not normal. Most commonly it is a mineral deficiency, mostly calcium. Most of the calcium in the body resides in the bones. In fact, 99% of the calcium in the human body can be found on bones. However, there is 1% that stays in the blood and is responsible for a variety of functions. These functions include maintaining the immune and nervous system and enabling muscle contraction.

When a child does not have enough calcium “growing pains” can result. These pains occur when joint ends grow too quickly and there isn’t enough calcium to keep up. Similarly, another consequence of insufficient calcium is muscle cramps.

Restoring good calcium levels is critical to resolving the joint pain or muscle cramps. Not only is the right calcium important but also, the body needs appropriate essential fatty acids to drive the calcium into the muscles or bones. The best calcium is Calcium Lactate. It is extremely bio-available which means that it only goes through one enzymatic process so the body can use it. Other forms of calcium require between 3 and 13 different processes before the body can use it. Calcium Lactate is quick and effective.

I also use Cataplex F tablets as a calcium mobilizer. Cataplex F is a source of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that transports calcium from the blood into the tissues. And lastly when treating children with “growing pains” or muscle cramps, I use the natural mineral tranquilizer called Min Tran. Min Tran contains numerous minerals, of which many children are deficient. Additionally, Min Tran is a natural calming agent.


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