Why Do We Need Calcium?

We have more calcium in our bodies than any other mineral, it has many important roles, especially helping to maintain strong bones. About 99% of calcium is stored in our teeth and bones, calcium is in many food sources so through a healthy balanced you should be able to get all the calcium you need. A lack of calcium could lead to rickets in children or osteoporosis in later life.

Calcium’s Important Roles:

  • Helps to build strong bones and teeth
  • Regulates muscle contractions, including your heartbeat
  • Makes sure that blood clots normally
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Sources of Calcium:

  • Soya beans
  • Tofu
  • Milk
  • Cheese (and other dairy foods)
  • Nuts
  • Bread (and anything made with fortified flour)
  • Soya drinks with added calcium
  • Green leafy vegetables (such as cabbage, broccoli & okra)
  • Fish where you eat the bones (such as sardines or pilchards)
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Those who don’t get enough calcium over time can develop osteoporosis which is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. There are no sudden signs of this until the bones become so weak that a sudden bump, strain, or fall causes of hip fracture or a vertebrae to collapse. The early signs of vertebrae collapse include: severe back pain, height loss, or muscle weakness. Adults who are aged 19 to 64 need 700mg of calcium a day which is what you should be able to consume in your daily diet. If you need any more advice then check out the NHS website. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/calcium/