Calcium Benefits in Your Diet

Whether you’re in school or in the workforce, calcium is an important mineral that will help you now and in the future. Here are a few reasons why calcium should be a significant part of your daily diet:

Strengthens Bones

 Most everyone knows that calcium strengthens bones, but some may not realize just how essential its impact is in every phase of our lives. Calcium enhances bone growth and density in humans until the age of 20-25. Afterwards, it wards off bone density loss (a factor that comes with age). Those who do not have a competent calcium intake before their mid 20s have a much higher risk of developing osteoporosis or other brittle bone diseases in the later years of their lives.

Additionally, calcium is especially important for women who are pregnant. The developing baby needs a sufficient amount of calcium to develop strong bones and teeth. If your  calcium intake is too low, your baby will begin to draw it from your bones. This can also increase your risk of developing fragile bones.

Regulates Muscle and Blood Movement

 Though calcium is known for strengthening bones, it also plays an influential role in both muscle and blood regulation. It helps control our muscle contractions, the most important being our heartbeat. It even helps blood vessels move blood effectively throughout the body.

Daily Intake 

Loving milk and dairy products as much as I do, I have no problem getting my daily dosage of calcium. For those of you who are lactose intolerant or just don’t like milk products, here are a few foods that are also rich in calcium:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Tofu

There are many advantages to keeping calcium a top priority in your diet. Your body will be forever grateful!

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