At some point or another we’ve all been told about the importance of Calcium for our bodies. It usually is associated with bone health and milk consumption. However, there is more to calcium than bone health.
One key benefit of calcium for our bodies, as we know, is the strengthening of our bones, as 99% of our calcium is stored there. According to The NHS, beyond our bones however, calcium is important in helping our nervous and cardiovascular and muscular systems function effectively. It is key in helping our nerves send signals to regulate the contracting and expanding of our muscles and blood vessels. It is also involved in the production of insulin. (it is important to note that Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium). Harvard Health lists calcium as providing “modest protection against colon cancer”.
There are quite a variety of sources of calcium, not just dairy, although lactose (the sugar contained in milk) helps our body to absorb calcium more easily.
Dairy foods, dark green vegetables (such as kale, broccoli, spinach), chia seeds, tofu, dried fruits (such as apricots and figs), tahini, almonds and fortified non-dairy milks.