Calcium in the Athlete's Diet

Calcium is the most prevalent mineral found in the human body. Calcium is chemically classified as an alkaline earth metal, which is a substance that forms ions. Ions have an electrical charge, thus they bind with the free electrons in these metals. The metallic bond formed by such metals tends to make these elements good conductors of both heat and electricity.

Calcium is not often found in its pure state in nature, as its ability to bond causes it to readily form compound substances such as calcium carbonate, or calcite, the ...

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