Calcium

Calcium

Calcium is a mineral which gives our bones structure and strength. 99% of calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, but a small amount is absorbed into the blood where it's essential for the healthy functioning of the heart, muscles, blood and nerves.

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