Calcium

Calcium – A fundamental component of our bones

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body: 99% of it can be found in our skeleton. Calcium levels in the blood are carefully regulated: if they are too low, Calcium is resorbed from the skeleton to maintain blood levels. This causes a reduction in bone mass, increasing the risk of fractures. For this reason, Calcium is very important for post-menopausal women, who are susceptible to increased rates of bone loss. Calcium absorption is affected by Vitamin D levels.

Sources include
  • Bony fish, e.g. tinned salmon with soft bones
  • Dairy foods including milk, yoghurt and chesse
  • Fortified breakfast cereals
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Legumes and certain nuts
  • Tofu

It is important to have a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Health benefits of calcium

Health benefits

Calcium has many proven benefits. It contributes to normal blood clotting, energy-yielding metabolism, muscle function, neurotransmission, and normal function of digestive enzymes. It is needed for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth, and it helps reduce the loss of bone mineral in post-menopausal women*. Low bone mineral density is a risk factor for osteoporotic bone fractures.

*Women 50 years and older with beneficial effect obtained with a daily intake of at least 1,200mg of calcium from all sources. Source: European Food Safety Association