- Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body
- Calcium is an essential nutrient which means the body cannot produce it on its own, so it must be absorbed through food and/or supplements, although practically no one gets enough calcium from food (see the sources below).
- When calcium consumption is too low on a regular basis, the body draws it from the bones which can lead to skeletal disorders.
- Food Sources of Calcium:
- Non-dairy: Almonds (although you'd need to eat a pound of almonds to meet the RDA listed below!), Kale (1.5 lbs to meet RDA!), Broccoli (5 lbs to meet RDA!)
- If you consume dairy then Greek yogurt is a great source, but you'd need to eat almost 2 lbs to get the 1,000 mg RDA!
- Builds & maintains bones - although this is what most people consider the primary benefit of calcium, it also:
- Can help burn fat (see research study here)
- Supports cardiovascular health
- Reduces the risk of high blood pressure
- Adults (19-50): 1,000 mg/day
- Adults (51 +): 1,200 mg/day
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