Here’s a reason to drink milk your mom didn’t know: It may help you lose weight. Purdue University researchers found that people who got 1,300 to 1,400 milligrams of calcium a day from dairy products had less body fat after 18 months. And researchers at the University of Tennessee have found much the same thing.
Calcium is commonly found in antacids used to treat indigestion. Doctors also use calcium to control high levels of magnesium, phosphorus and potassium in the blood. It’s possible but not proven that calcium may play a role in preventing certain cancers. It’s also possible but not proven that calcium with vitamin D may help protect against breast cancer in pre-menopausal women, but the data are still inconclusive for post-menopausal women, and the exact relationship regarding vitamin D and calcium intake is still not known. In fact, some research suggests regularly taking calcium supplements may be associated with a greater risk of heart attacks. However, more research is needed and experts say it is not possible to say that calcium supplements actually cause heart attacks, only that there was an increased risk.
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Research is now even suggesting that calcium, in combination with vitamin D, may have the ability to help protect against cancer, diabetes and heart disease too—three of the biggest threats to American’s health and the health of many other nations too.
Calcium is the most present mineral in the body, stored in the body mostly in the bones and teeth. About 99% of our calcium is found in bones and the teeth, mostly in the form of calcium deposits, with the other remaining 1% being stored throughout bodily tissue.
We all require a relatively high amount of calcium in comparison to many other trace minerals—in fact we are thought to have enough calcium in our body to constitute 2% of our total body weight. Calcium is also needed to control levels of magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium in the blood, since these minerals all work together to balance one another. This is why it is so important to avoid calcium deficiency and strive to consume calcium rich foods on a regular basis.
Aside from dairy products like milk, calcium can be found in certain plant foods as well. Leafy green vegetables, like collard greens and kale, are great sources of calcium, as are other plant foods like okra and a variety of beans.
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