Ever since childhood, we've associated calcium with healthy bones and teeth, which is where nearly 99% of it is stored in our bodies, supporting its structure. In the bloodstream, however, the mineral assists in other vital bodily functions as well, such as normal muscle contraction, blood-clotting and nerve signal transmission.


Calcium is one of the most important minerals in our bodies: 

• Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. 

• It is a necessary element for blood coagulation. When the body has inadequate amounts of calcium, blood takes longer to clot.

• Calcium helps conduct nerve impulses to muscle fibres, which results in muscle contraction. 

• Calcium assists in the normal function of digestive enzymes.

For those looking to increase their calcium intake, the following foods are recommended:

• Dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt

• Dark green and leafy green vegetables, except for spinach (e.g. kale, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, turnip greens).

• Tinned fish with the bones in (especially salmon and sardines)

• Dried fruits, nuts, and seeds

• Oranges

• White beans

• Quinoa

Calcium rich foods and supplements are recommended for:

• People who are more susceptible to bone loss and osteoporosis, like senior citizens, post-menopausal women, and smokers.

• Children and teenagers whose bodies are still developing

• People with lactose intolerance or allergies to cow's milk

• Vegans and vegetarians who don't consume dairy products

References: (USDA Food Composition Database) (Souci, Kraut, Fachmann Online Database)

Did you know ?

In order for your body to absorb calcium, it also requires vitamin D and vitamin K.

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