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Calcium

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Contributor: Michelle Carey via the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy 

About the Display: This display features:

  • Teeth - Calcium is an important part of forming healthy and strong teeth. Calcium binds with phosphorus to help give structure to our teeth
  • A human bone - (Donated by the UT Department of Neurosciences) Nearly 99% of the calcium in our bodies is stored in our bones. The calcium is used for structure and can be released when other parts of our body need it to function
  • Kidney stones - Calcium can contribute to kidney stone formation. Roughly 75% of kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate followed by calcium phosphate.
  • Calcium supplements (Tums and Calcium Citrate) - Calcium supplements can come in different forms. Calcium carbonate, like Tums, needs stomach acid to work and is best taken with food. Calcium citrate, like Citrical, can be taken with or without food.
  • Milk - Milk contains calcium to help with strong bones and teeth. One 8 oz cup of milk contains about 30% of your daily recommended calcium intake.

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About the Contributor:  The Toledo Academy of Pharmacy (TAP) is a local networking group for pharmacists with a history of philanthropy. Along with holding events to fund scholarships for pharmacy students, the organization also donates to local charities and visits area senior centers to answer questions about medications! 

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Symbol: Ca

Atomic Number: 20

Atomic Mass: 40.078 u

Electron Configuration: [Ar] 4s2

Year Discovered: 1808

Discovered By: Humphry Davy

Last Updated: 5/1/17