Why is Calcium required in our body?

Consuming too much calcium, especially in the form of calcium supplements, can lead to constipation and kidney stones.

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In the context of nutrition, a mineral is a chemical element required as an essential nutrient by organisms to perform functions necessary for life.  Most of the minerals in a human diet come from eating plants and animals or from drinking water. As a group, minerals are one of the four groups of essential nutrients, the others of which are vitamins, essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids. The five major minerals in the human body are calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and magnesium.

Calcium makes up approximately 2 percent of your total body weight and contributes to many basic body functions, including disease prevention and absorption of other nutrients. Consuming enough calcium — between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams per day for healthy men and women — is a must for optimal nutrition and health. Calcium is key for the health of your bones and teeth, but it also affects your muscles, hormones, nerve function, and ability to form blood clots.

Calcium in periodic table

Calcium performs a number of basic functions in your body. Your body uses 99 percent of its calcium to keep your bones and teeth strong, thereby supporting skeletal structure and function.

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Diseases due to Calcium deficiency

Low blood calcium levels and the lack of calcium may lead to the following low calcium symptoms:

  1. Fainting
  2. Heart failure
  3. Chest pains
  4. Numbness and tingling sensations around the mouth or in the fingers and toes
  5. Muscle cramps, particularly in the back and legs; may progress to muscle spasm ( tetany)
  6. Wheezing
  7. Difficulty swallowing
  8. Voice changes due to spasm of the larynx
  9. Irritability, impaired intellectual capacity, depression, anxiety, and personality changes
  10. Fatigue
  11. Seizures
  12. Coarse hair
  13. Brittle nails
  14. Psoriasis
  15. Dry skin
  16. Chronic itching
  17. Tooth decay
  18. Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  19. Muscle weakness
  20. Cataracts
  21. Osteoporosis symptoms (a backache; a gradual loss of height and an accompanying stooped posture; fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip)

What happens if you consume too much Calcium?

Consuming too much calcium, especially in the form of calcium supplements, can lead to constipation and kidney stones. The Institute of Medicine recommends healthy men and women limit their daily calcium consumption to 2,000 to 2,500 milligrams. Taking too much calcium may also lead to side effects such as dry mouth, a continuing headache, increased thirst, irritability, loss of appetite, depression, a metallic taste in the mouth, and fatigue.

Find out how much Calcium is present in your food product today! Call +91-7042492166 or mail to us at info@fraclabs.org to know more about other vitamins and minerals present in food and about their safe limit of consumption.

Quality Policy


We, at FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC), are comitted to ensure the reliability, reproducibility and traceability of analytical data generated for the samples analyzed by us.FRAC follows all international standards of testing. Our aim is to achieve the highest degree of customer satisfaction through following:

FRAC follows all international standards of testing. Our aim is to achieve the highest degree of customer satisfaction through following:

  • Q uality system to follow ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for all our activities, procedures and documentation
  • U nderstanding the need and ensuring that all team members are adequately qualified to provide time bound reliable and accurate testing services to the customers
  • lways reassuring our accuracy and highest quality works by organizing / participating in PT, ILC and IQC programmes.
  • everaging standards and methods that are nationally/internationally approved to attain the highest degree of reproducibility.
  • I nvolving all people to strictly adhere to the confidentiality and integrity of all our activities.
  • T eam spirit within the organization for continous improvement and mutual support.
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Project Saksham : A Training Program

Project Saksham was a week long program to improve the competency in water testing. The training included Chemical and Microbiological Analysis in water.


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre housed a national level training program at the Dwarka laboratory, New Delhi, code name : Project Saksham.

Project Saksham was a week long program to improve the competency in water testing. The training included Chemical and Microbiological Analysis in water.

FRAC has been conducting such training programs for many food / beverage manufacturers. Freshers who have entered this industry gain hands-on experience and perform analysis at the in-house labs of their organization.

Research : Artificial Pancreas To Help Diabetic Patients

In a recent research, artificial pancreas has proven to be much more effective than insulin injections.


In recent stats, it has been found out that the number of people suffering from Diabetes is on a constant rise. To fight diabetes, there may be many paths for one to follow –

  1. Bring some lifestyle changes
  2. Try these food items that help control sugar levels.

But what’s ground-breaking is a research that has been published in the American Journal of Transplantation – Artificial Pancreas, that is performing well in humans in a pilot study.

Researchers are reporting a breakthrough toward developing the artificial pancreas as a treatment for diabetes and other conditions by combining mechanical artificial pancreas technology with transplantation of islet cells, which produce insulin.

The study monitored  14 patients with pancreatitis and had them undergo a standard surgery and auto-islet transplantation treatments, a closed-loop insulin pump, which relies on a continuous cycle of feedback information related to blood measurements, was better than multiple daily insulin injections for maintaining normal blood glucose levels.

Use of the mechanical artificial pancreas in patients after islet transplantation may help the transplanted cells to survive longer and produce more insulin for longer, said lead author Gregory Forlenza. “It is our hope that combining these technologies will aid a wide spectrum of patients, including patients with diabetes, in the future.”

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Source: DNA

What happens on consumption of Energy Drinks?

A research on consumption of Energy drinks shows that they hurt our heart, increase our Blood Pressure levels, and long term consumption leads to cardiovascular diseases.


Commercially available energy drinks are much popular these days! They sure do provide that extra lap of jog. But ever wondered what actually happens in our body as we consume these Taurine and Caffeine-rich drinks?

To find out, researchers from the Mayo Clinic looked at the effects of consuming just one 480 ml energy drink, and their conclusion was alarming: the recorded increase in blood pressure and stress hormone responses were so significant that they could conceivably trigger new cardiovascular events. (Source: Science Alert)

To test their theory, the researchers gave 25 healthy volunteers aged 18 years or older a 480 ml can of Rockstar Energy Drink and instructed them to drink it within five minutes. The group had fasted beforehand and also abstained from alcohol and caffeine for 24 hours prior to the experiment.

On another testing day two weeks removed (in a random order), the same participants drank a placebo beverage designed to resemble the energy drink in taste, texture and colour – but lacking any of the caffeine or other stimulants found in the Rockstar drink, which includes 240 mg of caffeine, 2000 mg of taurine, and extracts of guarana seed, ginseng root, and milk thistle.

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What the researchers found when they compared the results of the two drinking sessions was that consumption of the energy drink saw a 6.4 percent increase in average blood pressure.

Further, the average norepinephrine level – the hormone responsible for mobilising the body into action, especially with regards to the fight-or-flight response – increased from 150 picograms per millilitre to 250 pg/mL in those who consumed the energy drink, whereas the placebo elicited only a 140 pg/mL to 179 pg/mL increase (a 74 percent vs 31 percent change, as the researchers point out).

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“These acute hemodynamic and adrenergic changes may predispose to increased cardiovascular risk,” the authors write. “Further research in larger studies is needed to assess whether the observed acute changes are likely to increase cardiovascular risk.”

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“Sir, the burger would be $4 and 900 Calories, please!”


Next time you visit an eating joint, you might as well hear the guy on the register saying, “That would be $4 and 900 calories, please!”

In a recent development, in United States of America, it has been mandated that every restaurant, pub and cinema chain should be displaying the calorie content of their food and drink. The same practice is already being followed by many joints in United Kingdom.

According to BBC :

Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s community well-being board, said: “We are calling on cinema, restaurant and pub chains to step up and show leadership in tackling the obesity crisis, by providing clear and graphic signs at counters and on menus.

“In many cases, people are unaware of how many calories they are consuming.

“Food and drink outlets should be doing more to provide clear and prominent labelling which spells this out clearly.”

Soft drinks are said to be the biggest contributor to the obesity problems in kids these days, around the world. The move should be a welcoming one, as now one can observe and record his/her calorie intake, even when eating out. Also, perhaps, out of sheer shyness, of public display of calorie intact, we may cut on intake as well!! Great move for ones under diet plans!