What is calcium?
Calcium is a metal that combines with phosphate in our bodies to form hydroxylapatite, which is the mineral portion of human and animal bones and teeth.
It is a vital part of the diet (too little can cause osteoporosis in later life) and, fortunately, can be obtained from numerous sources: seaweeds such as kelp, wakame and hijiki, nuts and seeds (like almonds and sesame), blackstrap molasses, beans, oranges, figs, amaranth, collard greens, okra, rutabaga, broccoli, dandelion leaves, kale and fortified products such as orange juice, cereals and soya milk. If you’re eating your leafy greens, some nuts and some fruit, you’ll almost certainly be getting enough calcium.
Did you know?
- Calcium is essential for healthy teeth, bones and other bodily functions.
- Daily calcium recommendations are 1000mg per day for adults 19-50 years and men 51-70 years, 1200mg per day for women 51+ years and men over 70 years.
- Dark green leafy greens, nuts, fruit and fortified plant milk are good sources of calcium.
- Milk and dairy products are not necessary and can in fact be harmful to our health.
Isn’t milk the best source of calcium?
While milk and dairy products may be a source of calcium it is attached to enormous cruelty and has negative impacts on our health. The most serious are covered in these points:
Many people are lactose intolerant with approximately 65 percent of the human population having a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy.
“The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.” ― Dr. Michael Klaper
Dairy products contain significant amounts of saturated fats, casein, contaminants such as synthetic hormones, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and antibiotics. These have all contributed to milk being linked to increased risk for various cancers, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other serious health issues.
Milk and dairy products are not necessary and can in fact be harmful to our health. It is best to consume a healthful diet of grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and fortified foods including cereals, plant milks and juices. These nutrient-dense foods can help you meet your calcium, potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin D requirements with ease—and without facing the health risks associated with dairy consumption.