Calcium Rich Foods: Is Dairy Really The Best?

You are here

BarbaraMendezNutrition's picture

Calcium is not only important for bone health, and teeth, but also for adrenal function, stabilizing blood pressure, weight management and helping to prevent colorectal cancer.

It's most common, when discussing calcium with my clients, that they immediately think of dairy as their main source of this vital nutrient. While dairy can be a rich source of calcium, is it not the optimum source. Dairy is very acidic and creates an internal environment which leads to demineralization, causing the body to leach minerals--including Calcium--from the bones. A small amount of dairy is OK, maybe every few days or so (I'd suggest a sheep or goats milk yogurt over cows milk products, as they are more easily digested and provide beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract), but I would err on keeping it to a minimum and instead relying on alternative sources.

Whole food sources like watercress, chick peas, almonds, sesame seeds and fresh green juice (such as kale, parsley and spinach, for example) are rich sources of a more readily assimilated digestible form of Calcium that goes straight into the blood, and into the bones--without the unwanted side effects and of the acidity associated with dairy consumption.

A fresh green juice in the morning, followed by a dark green leafy salad and a tahini dressing for lunch or as a side dish later in the day, is a delicious, healthy source of your daily Calcium needs--with plenty of other beneficial nutrients!

Calcium, the key body mineral for bone and teeth health is most often synonymous with milk and dairy products. Check out what Barbara Mendez in the video says about how this multi-functional and weight managing mineral - vital for adrenalline, cancer prevention and blood pressure stability; can be found and used from foods other than dairy.

Rate This

Your rating: None
4.75
Average: 4.8 (3 votes)