Can Calcium Be Dissolved In Other Substances?


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Simon Davies Profile
Simon Davies answered
Calcium is a not metal. It cannot be said to dissolve in the most common solvent - water. When Calcium is added to water a reaction occurs which is not solution, it is called oxidation. Hydrogen gas is given off and calcium atoms become ions, charged particles. The resulting solution is called calcium hydroxide solution.

Considering other solvents we turn to organic solvents. Liquids such as trichloroethane or carbon tetrachloride are non-polar solvents. They dissolve other non-polar organic molecules, but calcium is a metal and so is actually made up of ions (charged particles) and so will not dissolve in non-polar solvents.

The word "dissolve", therefore, does not describe what happens to calcium. Calcium reacts with polar solvents such as water to form solutions containing calcium ions. Calcium will not dissolve in non-polar solvents because it contains charged particles.

We can see from this argument that we must be careful with our use of words such as dissolve.
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Sachin P answered
Calcium is a positively charged ion and because of its presence, other positively charged substances will dissolve less easily in hard water than calcium. Calcium is a mineral commonly found in many foods. Getting enough of this nutrient is very vital because the human body cannot make it. Even after a person is fully grown, adequate calcium intake is essential to the body because the body loses calcium every day. This 'loss' of calcium is manifested through the skin, nails, hair, and sweat and the urine and feces.

Most brand-name calcium products are easily absorbed in the body. However, if you are not sure about the product, you can find out how well it dissolves, by placing it in a small amount of warm water for 30 minutes, stirring it occasionally. If the product has not dissolved within this time, it probably will not dissolve in your stomach too! Chewable and liquid calcium supplements that are common today dissolve well because they are broken down before they enter the stomach.

Calcium, whether in the way of food intake or supplements, is absorbed best by the body when it is taken several times a day in smaller amounts. Calcium carbonate, a form of calcium is absorbed best when taken with food, while calcium citrate can be induced into the system anytime.

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