Did you know your body has more calcium than any other mineral?
Calcium is an important mineral. It is no secret that calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth but also very important for your overall health. Calcium is essential to maintain optimal bone health throughout your life. For women, the risk for osteoporosis increases with age and so they need more calcium.
Calcium does not get easily absorbed by the body without the presence of vitamin D. It is Vitamin D that helps your body absorb and retain calcium.
Do you know how much calcium is needed by our body?
Calcium is not produced by the body; your body gets it from what you eat. If you are calcium deficient, then doctors would have suggested you consume calcium supplements in addition to the diet.
The recommended daily intake of calcium is 1000 mg per day for adults while children of 4-18 years should consume 1300mg. Though women over 50 should receive 1200mg of calcium.
Have you been taking calcium supplements to increase the calcium level in your body? These artificial supplements tend to give you side effects. Ex- bloating, constipation and gas.
Everyone knows that milk is the greatest source of calcium. But there are plenty of other natural sources too that are rich in calcium. Natural supplements strengthen the body from within without any other side effects.
Let’s have a look at the natural sources of calcium.
- Dairy Products –
Our body easily absorbs calcium from dairy products than other sources. Hence, dairy products make an excellent source of calcium. Commonly known products are Milk, Cheese, Yogurt is rich in calcium. Milk is the best as it contains calcium as well as vitamin D.
- Almonds –
We all know that almonds are quite healthy as they provide proteins, fats, etc. Out of all the nuts, almonds are the only ones rich in calcium. About 20 nuts give 72 mg of calcium.
- Dried Figs –
It’s a packed with antioxidants, fiber along with calcium that makes it a sweet treat for you. 8 dried figs gives 107 mg calcium.
- Veggies –
There are lots of green leafy vegetables that are super rich in calcium. Ex – Spinach, Kale, Collard greens, Amaranth (116 mg calcium in 1cup). Other vegetables include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Green Peas, Beans and Lentils.
- Herbs -
The herbs or spices in your kitchen such as Mint, Thyme Basil and Cinnamon just don’t add flavour to your taste buds but they do provide calcium to your body. These herbs are quite rich in calcium. It contains 2132 mg per 100 g serving. Apart from these, ginger and cumin seeds also contain calcium.
Besides these, Ayurveda helps in replenishing the body with calcium by various medicinal herbs. Some medicinal plants are beneficial for improving bone health. Amrutam provides excellent Ayurvedic supplements [Orthokey Gold Malt & Orthokey Gold Capsules] that shall help you in maintaining overall bone health.
Below are some calcium-rich herbs-
- Moringa –
Moringa contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, calcium, and potassium. The leaves of Moringa are rich in calcium, and can provide up to 1000 mg while Moringa powder can provide up to 4000mg of calcium.
- Amalaki –
Amla is rich in Vitamin C and many other vitamins – calcium, iron, phosphorous, carotene & vitamin B complex. It is also a natural antioxidant.
- Guduchi –
The leaves, stem, roots all are beneficial and consumable. The leaves can be dried & powdered for use. It improves immunity naturally.
- Ashwagandha –
It’s an ancient herb with antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps in treating calcium deficiency.
- Guggul –
It improves calcium deficiency and bone density.
- Arjuna –
Known as Terminalia chebula. The bark of the tree contains calcium carbonate, tannins and many other compounds that improve bone health.
Now you can plan your calcium-rich diet wiall-natural products and increase your calcium levels in the body.