Calcium is vital in all stages of life, from young growing children, all the way through to old age. Calcium makes up 1-2% of an adults body weight, making it the most abundant mineral in the body. Most of us remember being told to drink our milk at school as it contains Calcium to make our bones healthy. And while this fact is true, you will see that Calcium can be found in many food sources other than dairy. For people that cannot, or do not wish to eat dairy, it is still easy enough to get all the calcium you need. Just ensure that you regularly eat a variety of the calcium rich foods listed below, along with the other nutrients essential for optimal Calcium absorption.
Why do we need calcium?
Where can I find calcium?
Rich sources of calcium include dark green leafy vegetables (such as broccoli, spring greens and kale), tofu, dairy products, sardines, sesame seeds, oranges, figs, seaweeds and fortified dairy free milks.
Factors that reduce calcium absorption in the body
Vitamin D status, age, lowered oestrogen levels, high amounts of phytic acid or oxalic acid, chronic GI problems, low stomach acid levels, pregnancy, excessive alcohol intake, some medications.
Other important nutrients
If you are concerned you may not be getting enough calcium, vitamin D or vitamin K2, speak to a nutrition professional. They can ensure that you maximise your calcium absorption, for a healthy and strong body, now and in the future.