Benefits of Calcium

Benefits of Calcium

According to the Mayo Clinic, your body needs calcium to help build and maintain strong bones.  This may be a surprise to you but calcium is also needed for the proper functioning of the heart, muscles and nerves. In a recent study conducted by Health Canada “Do Canadian Adults Meet Their Nutrient Requirements Through Food Intake Alone?” Health Canada involved a particular sample of the general population and they stated, “As for calcium, both males and females over 19 years have a prevalence of inadequate intakes ranging from 26.5% to 80.1 %  (males) and 47.5% to 86.9% (females), respectively. Trends in both sexes showed an increasing prevalence of calcium inadequacy with older age.”  Calcium comes from a lot of sources of food and offers a lot of benefits to our body.

Here are some benefits of adding and keeping calcium in your diet:

  1. It can help with weight loss
  2. Fights colon cancer and many other cancers
  3. Reduces the risk of type II diabetes
  4. Improves fertility
  5. Helps combat PMS symptoms
  6. Keeps mouth healthy, promotes good oral hygiene
  7. Prevents osteoporosis
  8. Strengthens bones
  9. Prevents kidney stones
  10. Controls blood pressure

Calcium is found in a host of foods that you wouldn’t necessarily know it to be present:

  1. Of course dairy, which include: milk, cheese and yogurt
  2. White beans
  3. Canned salmon
  4. Sardines
  5. Dry figs
  6. Bok choy
  7. Blackstrap molasses
  8. Almonds
  9. Black eyed peas
  10. Oranges


Recommended Calcium Intake

Infants 0-6 months – 200mg

Infants 7-12 months – 260mg

Children 1-3 years – 700mg

Children 4-8 years – 1000mg

Children 9-18 years – 1300mg

Adults 19-50 years – 1000mg

Adults 51-70 years

  • Men – 1000mg
  • Women – 1200mg

Adults > 70 years – 1200mg


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