Calcium– is it the most important mineral in the body?
Calcium is predominantly stored within our bones and teeth, though there is some which remains in our blood and tissue. Being the most abundant mineral in our body it serves as sort of cement for our bones, giving them the strength needed. In our blood calcium works as vehicle for the secretion of enzymes and hormones that are vital to our health.
Lack of calcium can have serious consequence. As we age our natural absorption slows down and we are at higher risk for bone fragility, osteoporosis and bone loss. The body does this do us naturally, but there are ways of keeping our intake high. Firstly, it is important to know that calcium intake levels range depending on the sex and age of a person. To find out where you stand, and for a longer look at a variety of calcium sources, click here.
Many people only know about a glass of milk being as a source of calcium, but here are a few equivalents to an 8oz glass:
1. 1 ½ cups of cooked kale
2. 1 cup of yogurt
3. 2 ¼ cups of broccoli
4. 8 cups of cooked spinach
5. 1 ½ ounces of cheddar
But there are also other reasons for calcium deficiency. Too much acidity in our blood, a diet with too little alkaline foods such as greens, affects our capacity. Not getting enough Vitamin-D also affects absorption. Taking greens or calcium supplements can assist you with your diet. Ultimately a well balanced diet with all the needed vitamins and minerals will help you along as you age, keeping your body strong and your smile bright.
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