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Are You Getting Enough Calcium?

You may know that our bodies need calcium to maintain strong bones and teeth, but did you know that calcium also helps our nerves transmit messages throughout the body and helps our blood clot? Since the body loses calcium every day through perspiration, urination and other means—and because the body can’t make its own calcium—we need to replace the calcium we lose each day by eating calcium-rich foods.

Most people probably think of dairy products as good food sources of calcium, but you can also get this essential mineral by regularly eating these calcium-rich foods:

•    Broccoli

•    Collard greens

•    Figs, dried

•    Kale

•    Okra

•    Oranges

•    Salmon

•    Sardines

•    Shrimp

•    Soybeans

•    Spinach

How Much Calcium Do You Need?

1,000 mg per day:

       Women 50 and younger

       Men 70 and younger

1,200 mg per day:

       Women 51 and older

       Men 71 and older

Also be sure also to get plenty of vitamin D each day. The body needs vitamin D to help it absorb calcium.

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