5 things you need to know about Calcium
Why do we need Calcium?
Calcium helps build strong bones and teeth, it regulates muscle contractions, and helps with blood blood clotting.
Where can we get Calcium from?
Calcium can be consumed through fortified items, such as, vegan milk and cheese, pak choi, broccoli, cabbage and okra, soya beans, calcium-set tofu, fortified soya drinks, almonds, sesame sees, foods made with fortified flour, blackstrap molasses and chia seeds.
How much Calcium do I need?
Adults aged between 19 and 64 years need 700mg of calcium a day, which should be achievable without taking supplements. Teenagers, women, the elderly, and lactating women may need more.
If there's a need for supplementation, seek guidance about which form to buy and what it should be combined with.
What happens if I have too much Calcium?
Consuming more than 1,500mg per day, may lead to stomach pain and diarrhoea.
“You should be able to get all the calcium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take calcium supplements, don't take too much as this could be harmful. Taking 1,500mg or less a day is unlikely to cause any harm.”
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