Eat your Greens for Calcium

Last week I had a client ask me how they were going to get in calcium since I said I wasn’t big on dairy. I told her through vegetables and she said she had never heard that before. Well before we get to how I was right, we’ll look at the importance of calcium. Most think of bones when they think of calcium. And they have good reason because 99% of calcium is found in the bones and teeth, and deficiency is associated with osteoporosis (check old post if you’re not familiar with this condition). Calcium and phosphate combine to form the major component of the mineral complex- calcium phosphate (well that’s easy to remember, right?). This complex gives structure and strength to the bones. Calcium isn’t just good for your bones though! Other responsibilities of calcium:

  • blood clotting
  • nerve conduction
  • muscle contraction
  • regulation of enzyme activity
  • cell membrane function

When levels of calcium are too low than in order to maintain blood levels the body will take from stores in the bones to maintain, which can lead to osteoporosis. There are things to keep in mind that will affect absorption:

  • adequate intake of vitamin D is necessary to absorb and utilize calcium
  • certain fibers (like in wheat and oat bran) may interfere with absorption
  • phytic acid (found in whole grains and legumes) can bind and form insurable complex, decreasing absorption

Good sources? Milk, I think not! I love the ranking I found took into account caloric intake and how many calories of food are necessary to provide the desired amount of calcium. Dairy it turned out are very good sources because of lower nutrient density.

  • Excellent: spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens
  • Very Good: swiss chard, kale, milk, basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, peppermint leaves
  • Good: romaine lettuce, celery, broccoli, sesame seeds, fennel, cabbage, summer squash, garlic, Brussels sprouts, oranges, asparagus, oregano, rosemary, parsley, kombu and kelp

Eat your greens and get your calcium (plus soak up the sun to absorb it). For more on our fat-burner programs check out our website at bodychange.net.

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3 Responses to Eat your Greens for Calcium

  1. It’s also easy to think calcium for coffee, as in espresso or latte or an au lait. I used to just drink straight coffee, with an ounce or so of milk in it (and 4 packets of sugar). I realized that my skim milk does have a sweet flavor and if I put more milk in my coffee, I could cut back on the sugar and add calcium to my diet. Spinach is great for an eggbeater omelet first thing in the morning, thus another great calcium delivery method. I also tend to eat a lot of cereal, yogurt and oranges. I’ll be 40 soon and I know the importance of calcium. Thanks for the list of other methods to add to my reginmen.

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