Apart from in TV ads for fromage frais, we don’t hear much about calcium. Assuming that it’s just for kids and their developing skeletons is a bad plan.
Did you know that there’s more calcium in the body than any other mineral? Typically, an adult will have between one kilogram and one and a half! Calcium is vital in the regulation of our heartbeat and our blood’s ability to clot. Our bodies can’t produce new calcium, so when we don’t get enough from our diet, it’s taken from our bones (where most of it is stored).
Acting as a reservoir for maintaining calcium levels in the blood, the calcium in our bones is vital for more than just bone health.
Calcium is, of course, important for preventing osteoporosis and bone disease, as it’s a major building-block of our bone tissue.
The amount of calcium we need to consume changes at different stages in our lives. Calcium requirements are high while our bones are rapidly growing as children and teenagers, but the body’s ability to absorb calcium declines with age so it is also vital that older people get enough. A study by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition found that the average elderly person is in negative calcium balance and is losing bone mass.
The International Osteoporosis Foundation has a fantastic Calcium Calculator. I strongly recommend taking five minutes to punch in your details; you may well be surprised at the results.
If you want to get more calcium, you don’t have to start drowning yourself in dairy. Other great sources are:
- Bok choy
Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean eating like a rabbit; it’s really all about having a well-balanced diet packed with just the right amount of essential nutrients to keep you on form. Gousto recipes are expertly crafted with healthy eating in mind; never compromising on taste but providing balanced measures of those all-important nutrients. Take a look at this week’s menu.
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