Why is there calcium in Re-Lyte products?

Calcium is an essential electrolyte that supports healthy muscle function, nerve function, blood clotting, hormone balance, and more.

All Re-Lyte products except Unflavored Re-Lyte Hydration and Re-Lyte Hydration Support Caps include the essential electrolyte calcium. 

Calcium performs some pretty important jobs for your body. It helps remineralize your bones, supports the contraction of muscles, participates in the transmission of nerve impulses, plays a role in blood clotting, helps with the secretion of hormones, and even plays a role in immune function. 

Research shows that calcium signals help regulate the creation of two important immune cells. These immune cells are responsible for initiating the attack on invading organisms that enter the body and stopping the attack when the threat diminishes. This helps keep the immune system in balance and prevents an overactive, potentially damaging immune response.

Calcium is one of several electrolytes you lose in your sweat, so it’s important to replenish it regularly if you’re active. If you don’t and your levels get low, you could experience muscle cramping, fatigue, dry skin, brittle nails, and irritability. 

Some of the calcium in Re-Lyte occurs naturally in our unrefined, ancient sea salt Real Salt. But we also add calcium lactate or calcium carbonate.

Calcium carbonate is a mined mineral, but the calcium carbonate we use is pharmaceutical grade and purified, which means it doesn’t come straight from the rock (a misconception we’ve heard).

Calcium lactate is a little more bioavailable than calcium carbonate, but hydrating with Re-Lyte isn’t the same as taking calcium carbonate by itself. As Re-Lyte dissolves, the calcium carbonate interacts with the citric acid (in flavored Re-Lyte) to create calcium citrate, which is the form of calcium that’s known to be most bioavailable and easiest on the stomach. You can learn more about why we chose to use calcium carbonate in some of our Re-Lyte products here.

Both types of calcium come from suppliers who follow Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMPs) guidelines that ensure its identity, strength, quality, and purity.

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