Are you getting enough calcium?

2016-07-28 06:00
Photo: supplied Milk is a form of calcium.

Photo: supplied Milk is a form of calcium.

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CALCIUM is an important part of our diet but it can be difficult to tell if you’re getting enough from your diet and to know which foods you should be eating. Here are six questions to ask yourself.

Calcium is vital for bone health, assisting in bone deposition, thereby preventing osteoporosis. It also plays a role in other bodily functions such as nerve transmission and muscle contraction.

1. How much calcium do I need?

Most South Africans only manage to consume 500–600mg/day, meaning that we are falling short of our recommended daily intake for calcium.

2. Do I need to take a calcium supplement?

Consuming calcium-rich foods is the best way to meet your calcium requirements. Only when you are unable to get sufficient calcium from your diet, should you consider supplementing to make up the difference.

Milk and dairy products are a convenient source of bone-healthy vitamins and minerals (calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D). Calcium is however also found in other food sources.

- Health24

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