Why Calcium is Necessary

calcium is a highly important nutrient for people of all ages. Calcium is mostly known for its key role in enriching and strengthening bones. It also a well known fact that it also has a strong impact on the strength, and health of ones teeth. Everyone has heard about these benefits that calcium brings to the table, but it is the benefits you don’t know about calcium that really make a big difference. Not only does calcium enrich and strengthens bones and teeth, but calcium also helps in clotting blood, sending and receiving nerve signals, relaxing, and contracting of muscles, helps in the release of hormones as well as other chemicals, and maintaining a constant heartbeat. Calcium is most commonly found in foods that contain dairy, like cheese, yogurt, etc. Calcium can also be fund in non dairy foods, but sources of calcium from dairy is the best source for receiving calcium. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt, as well as buttermilk are more beneficial because they are far easier to absorb than other forms of calcium.  Milk is also very rich in nutrients like phosphorus and magnesium to help the body absorb calcium, and vitamin D to help the body use the calcium it has absorbed to maintain bones and teeth, blood clotting, heart health etc. Other non dairy forms of calcium can be obtained through foods such as leafy greens like, broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, kale, bok choy, turnip greens, as well as other foods who have been enriched with calcium such as orange juice, soy milk, tofu, even ready to eat cereals, and bread. Calcium can also be found in things like salmon, sardines, almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, tahini, dried beans, and even blackstrap molasses.Calcium is an extremely important, and easily to obtain nutrient that plays many major key roles in keeping you healthy, and your body running properly. There are many ways you can make sure that when consuming calcium rich things, you can make sure you don’t cook out all of the beneficial calcium. For instance when boiling, poaching, or any other cooking methods in which the food is cooked in water make sure to use as little as possible, as well as keeping it only in the water for the least amount of time needed. This helps to reduce the amount calcium lost while cooking. For many more facts and beneficial information visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/calcium-supplements/art-20047097 as well as http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002412.htm

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are always being talked about and praised for there greatness, but people never usually give you reasons for eating antioxidant rich foods. Antioxidants are great for your body, and can help to keep your body feeling great. As you probably can guess antioxidants help to counteract the oxidation process on your bodies cells.Antioxidants can be found mostly in fruits and veggies, a few that come to mind: blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberry, many kinds of beans,apples, cherries, plums, etc. In an article written by Tracy Roizman on http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-antioxidants-6716.html she states, “Because there are beneficial interactions between antioxidants and other components of foods, health authorities say that getting antioxidants from food may offer health benefits superior to those taken in supplement form”.

Antioxidants also can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, in fact “Antioxidants in your morning coffee or tea may help prevent heart disease”. Studies done by the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, in their study of polyphenol, a common antioxidant found in things like tea and coffee can help stop the oxidation of fat oxidizing in your body, thus reducing the widespread inflammation that is known to lead to heart disease, and even diabetes. Light roast coffee in fact contains four times more antioxidant activity then its counterpart tea.

Like i stated before berries are antioxidant power houses. Along with natural sugars, fiber, vitamins and minerals, berries are loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidant rich foods have great affects on your body, and in most cases outmatch their unnatural, chemically, or man made supplemental counterparts.  these berries extraordinary on their own, when combined with other antioxidant rich foods can really up the antioxidant intake ante. “A study published in the September 2012 issue of the “Journal of Medicinal Food” found that certain combinations of antioxidant-rich foods offer particular benefits not found in the foods by themselves.” For example when blueberries, and strawberries combine with spinach, these three antioxidant powerhouses can help to protect your bodies nervous system. It does so do to their properties of inhibiting the creation of an enzyme know to be involved in many neurological disorders, such as many forms of autism, as well as depression, and schizophrenia.

Antioxidant rich foods in some cases can also contain a large amount of  vitamins A, C and E, polyphenols and certain minerals. With the help of these nutrients, your body can use them to boost its immune system, and can protect against some forms of cancer, and can help bolster the immune system in the management of HIV infection.