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


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