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Calcium has long been known as an important mineral for the development and maintenance of strong bones. While its importance in bone structure is well known, its other functions in muscle contraction, vasodilation, nerve transmission, and hormone secretion are critical to support life. These functions require a constant concentration of calcium be present in the blood (National Institute of Health, 2012). Bones represent a reservoir of stored calcium that can be called on to raise calcium levels when needed. The development of calcium deposits in bone or bone mineral density peaks around 17-23 years of age, with women peaking 2-3 years before men. Many have speculated that calcium supplementation can aid in achieving optimal peak bone mineral density and its maintenance throughout life. Ironically, calcium supplementation has also been implicated in weight loss and the prevention of obesity.