CALCIUM – Do you get enough?
Many customers think that osteoporosis is an”old woman’s disease”, but the truth is that bone loss can begin as early as age 25! Osteoporosis affects 50% of women and 30% of men over the age of 60 in Australia.
Bone Health Check:
- Do you drink coffee or alcohol?
- Are you on a diet?
- Are you female over 35 years?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you pregnant or nursing?
- Are you a serious athlete?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you should read further.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and 99% of it is found in our bones. But this critical mineral also plays a role in:
- Strengthening bones and teeth
- Blood clotting
- Muscle contraction and relaxation
- Heartbeat regulation
- Enzyme function
The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia recommend that most people require between 1000mg and 1300mg of dietary calcium every day. Less than half of all Australian adults get their daily recommended intake of calcium.
To achieve your daily requirement you would need to eat:
- 900ml of skim milk
- 21.5 cups of broccoli
- 5 cups of tofu
- 14.5 slices of wholegrain bread
- 11 small cans of salmon
Taking a daily calcium supplement has become usual practice for people concerned about bone and joint health, but what type of calcium supplement do you take?
The absorption of Calcium varies considerably ranging from as little as 4% up to 45%, and with age, stomach acidity can decline. Stomach acid assists in the absorption of Calcium.
Your Natural Health Consultant at Go Vita can help you understand the different forms of calcium and necessary co-factors to aid absorption of calcium, their benefits to your body and the optimal time to take them.