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
• White beans
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
https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/ (USDA Food Composition Database)
http://www.sfk.online/#/home (Souci, Kraut, Fachmann Online Database)
Did you know ?
In order for your body to absorb calcium, it also requires vitamin D and vitamin K.