Taking calcium from bones to perform other functions replaces this lost calcium. So, you should get sufficient calcium from your diet or supplements. 99% of calcium absorbed by the body is stored in bones and teeth. Adequate calcium intake as a part of a well-balanced diet reduces the risk of bone health. That’s why it’s important to try to get calcium from the food we eat. When we don’t get enough calcium for our body’s needs, it is taken from our bones.
Calcium is an essential dietary mineral for healthy bones and strong teeth. A constant blood calcium level is essential for the maintenance of the normal heartbeat, and for the usual functioning of nerves and muscles.
ADVANTAGES OF CALCIUM TO BONES
1. Calcium ion is essential for a large variety of important physiological functions, including muscle contraction, nerve stimulation, hormonal release, cell membrane, permeability, proper enzyme function.
2. Calcium, especially calcium derived from dairy products help adjust body fat and bone.
3. Calcium helps slow bone loss in postmenopausal women, may reduce premenstrual syndrome symptoms, and is associated with the reduced threat of colorectal cancer.
4. The body requires calcium to make strong teeth and healthy bones. The bones serve as the storage place for the body’s calcium.
5. Calcium is also needed for muscle contraction and maintenance of cell membranes.
Your body can extract the calcium it needs from bone tissue If you are not consuming enough calcium through diet, thereby accelerating bone loss. Nobody desires that!
If you’re looking to make up calcium intake by supplementing with pills… I would reconsider. More on that in later posts…
Here are top 10 Dairy-Free foods that are high in calcium:
1. Chia Seeds
2. Green Leafs
3. Hemp Milk
5. Sesame Seeds/Tahini
6. Almond Butter
8. Vegetables such as Fennel, Broccoli & Artichoke
9. Fruit Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Oranges & Figs
10. Amaranth – Like quinoa it’s actually a seed rather than a grain
Calcium is an important mineral for health especially our bone. It is involved in many functions in the body and there is no doubt that many Americans are not getting enough calcium in their diets. The fortification of foods and beverages with calcium is an attempt to increase calcium intake, however, this is a simplistic response to a complex problem and may actually lead to more harm than good. In order for a calcium supplement to work the calcium needs to be in balance with the other nutrients need by the body. This balance is not provided by the simple addition of calcium to food. Take most calcium supplements with food. Eating food produces stomach acid that helps your body absorb most calcium supplements. Calcium citrate works well on both an empty stomach as well as with food and can be taken anytime. This is also found to be a better option for elderly folks, who have less stomach acid to absorb the product.