There are so many different forms of calcium and many different opinions upon how it should be utilised in our diets.
So what food sources are typically recommended to up our daily intake of calcium?
Non-fat yogurt 1 cup 450 mg
Low-fat yogurt 1 cup 415 mg
Ricotta (part skim)1/2 cup 335 mg
Non-fat or low-fat milk 1 cup 300 mg
Whole milk 1 cup 290 mg
Cheddar cheese 1 oz. 205 mg
Mozzarella (part skim)1 oz. 200 mg
Cottage cheese 1 cup 135 mg
Sardines (in oil, with bones) 3 oz. 370 mg
Blackstrap molasses 2 tbsp 300 mg (my favorite food)
Figs, dried 10 medium 270 mg
Black beans, dried 1 cup 270 mg
Collard greens 1 cup 270mg
Salmon (canned, with bones) 3 oz. 200 mg
Broccoli1 cup 170 mg
Spinach (cooked, drained) 1/2 cup 130 mg
Apricots, dried 1 cup 100 mg
Faced with a prospect of osteoporosis, menopause and many other conditions people think they can’t afford to be casual about calcium consumption. So they start chowing down on calcium-rich foods and popping calcium supplements. Calcium deficiency isn't always due to a lack of intake and frequently its a lack of absorption, so no matter how much you consume you may not be able to utilise it.
So, sadly its a little more confusing than it originally seemed, can you just wander into a store and buy calcium without knowing its effects? Sure you can but the effects may be exactly the opposite of what you require. Without testing your individual requirements we cannot know your exact needs which means we would be guessing.
So, unless you know that you need calcium you may be pushing yourself further away from optimal. Whilst I always recommend that people start assessing rather than guessing I can appreciate that its not easy for most people to understand their needs. Book into see me and we'll start working towards regaining your natural health and vitality.