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22 Dec 2004

Other sources of calcium, besides milk?
I have heard about half a dozen documentaries, radio programs etc. during the past year or two which say that studies done over many years have shown that there is no proven benefit from drinking cow's milk if you're trying to prevent osteoporosis, because the milk is not provided to the adult human body in a way which can efficiently release calcium for use in the bones. The most recent program which I heard said that dark green vegetables contain the best group of compounds, but unfortunately there aren't many such vegetables in South Africa. I have been ensuring that I eat broccoli regularly, but is there anything else you can think of that I could eat to make sure I am getting all I need? (I have a family history of osteoporosis.)
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Healthy Bones
Healthy Bones

01 Jan 0001

Dear Tania
It is absolutely untrue that milk is bad for you. All the Osteoporosis Foundations internationally purports that milk is still the best, cheapest way of getting sufficient calcium into your body (and that is scientifically proven!). If you do have a lactose intolerance you can use the fermented products like natural yoghurt etc. Humans have long ago found out which sources found in nature they can use.
Yes- green vegetables like broccoli and spinach does contain calcium although you would have to eat quite a lot of this. Unfortunately they also caontain things like phytates which actually enhances the excretion of calcium in the urine- so basically a catch- twenty- two. This does not mean you should not have it- the calcium yield is just very small.
If you still do not want to take milk then there are various calcium supplements available in pharmacies etc.
Hope this helps
Regards
Tereza
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