You no doubt know that calcium is extremely important for your health and well-being. It’s an essential, life-supporting mineral that gets a lot of coverage in health circles, and is talked about a lot in relation to healthy living, but there are some important facts about the mineral that few really know. Here are five things you definitely need to know about calcium.
Calcium Helps More Than Just Your Bones
Calcium is usually touted as a great mineral for building up the strength of your bones, but it turns out that calcium helps out many other functions of your body. Calcium encourages healthy communication between the brain and nervous system, promotes a healthy balance of constriction and expansion in the blood vessels, and stabilizes insulin in the body for more balanced levels of blood sugar.
Plant-Based Sources Of Calcium Are Absorbed Better In Your Body
Many of us have been taught from a young age that calcium is easiest to get through dairy sources such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, certain low oxalate vegetables, such as kale and broccoli, tend to have pretty high absorption rates of calcium, more so than milk.
Women Have A Higher Need For Calcium Than Men
It’s true, women tend to need more calcium on a daily basis than their male counterparts. Postmenopausal women are most in need of calcium, at a recommended daily amount of about 1500mg a day. Premenopausal women need about 1000mg, while men only needabout 800mg a day.
You Lose Calcium While You Sleep
Bet you didn’t see this one coming, but it’s true: we actually lose more calcium while we sleep than while we’re awake and active. It’s a good idea to have a high-calcium breakfast to restore the calcium lost while you were asleep the night before. Try unsweetened Greek yogurt with fresh fruit slices and a drizzle of honey for a protein- and calcium-rich morning meal.
Take Calcium In Smaller Doses
Many health experts agree on the need to get high amounts of calcium into the body every day, but they also recommend breaking up your calcium intake into smaller portions throughout the day. Studies have shown that the body tends to absorb about up to 500mg of calcium at a time, so be sure to take your calcium supplements in two or three doses split up throughout the day. Taking one calcium supplement with every meal is a great way to remind yourself to stick to this regimen.
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