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Calcium Options
Created on 5/22/2009

T is concerned that she may not be getting enough calcium in her diet because she is unable to eat dairy products.

"Variety is the spice of life" - AND when applied to food, T, it's a great way to make sure you get all the nutrients you need to stay well, including calcium.

Most of us have heard about calcium in relation to healthy bones but it plays many roles in the body, and an adequate intake of calcium can help ensure optimal health.

Problem is... it's yet to be decided exactly how much calcium is necessary; in Great Britain calcium intake recommendations are significantly lower than here in the US, and there are questions about whether men need as much calcium as women.

The good news is that everyone agrees that eating a well-rounded healthy diet can provide the nutrients we need, including calcium.

You already know that dairy products are a good source of calcium, but did you know that the following foods are also good calcium sources?
    Salmon            Dried figs            White beans            Spinach
    Broccoli            Almonds              Bok Choy                Turnip greens

Calcium supplements are also widely available, but speak with your doctor first before you start taking one, as their quality and calcium content vary significantly.

I hope this is of help to you, T. Be well!
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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