The 12 Greatest Calcium Rich Foods

The 12 Greatest Calcium Rich Foods

Calcium is a super important nutrient for your body for so many different reasons.

First of all, it’s the mineral that has the most presence in your body. Your teeth and bones have tons of calcium in them – indeed 99% of the calcium in your body can be found in your bones and teeth.

Calcium has so many different roles in your body – it’s not just about your bone health! Calcium helps your nervous system function, helps your nerves communicate with each other, keeps your hormones in balance and helps your body secrete them, plays a role in your muscle contraction, and even helps your blood to clot!

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Want more? There’s more! Calcium also balances your body’s pH levels naturally – helping to make sure you’re not too acidic or alkaline. In order to do that, your body will use the calcium deposits in your bones – so if you’re not replacing the calcium in your bones, they’re actually getting weaker and weaker.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Calcium?

Calcium has tons of different health benefits for your body.

Calcium Keeps Your Bones Healthy

We’re going to put the most obvious one first, because this is what everyone knows calcium for.

Calcium is the number one nutrient related to your bone health. Your body gradually builds up your bone mass throughout childhood and early adulthood. Indeed, the period between about 12 and 25 years old is the most crucial for the bones in your body.

That’s because that period is when your bone mass is being built up the most. The more bone mass you have, the less likely it is that you’ll suffer from osteoporosis or loss of bone mass when you get older.

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Calcium Helps You Lose Weight

It’s true! Calcium plays a role in your digestive system (with everything else it does, why wouldn’t it), and some studies have shown that it can help you lose weight.

The exact mechanism is unclear, but some believe that calcium will bind to fat in your digestive system, stopping your body from absorbing it.

Less fat absorbed by your body means lower calories in your diet, which can lead to weight loss.

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30 comments… add one
  • elena May 16, 2018, 6:23 pm

    milk and cheese have always been my main source of calcium. but having known these other great sources, it’s just awesome! thanks for the info!

  • ava May 17, 2018, 5:55 pm

    really? i didn’t know that calcium can help you lose pounds! i will also do my research on that.

  • georgia May 18, 2018, 8:08 pm

    calcium is very important for the bones. i have always lacked calcium but i know better now. theses foods are really helpful, try them out!

  • acey May 21, 2018, 6:41 pm

    my mom always say that calcium keeps your bone healthy reason why i never fail to drink milk. i am also excited to try the other calcium rich foods listed in this article.

  • lucy May 22, 2018, 3:53 pm

    i didn’t know “kale” would make it on this list but i like it so, good news for me! i’m glad to know that it’s also rich in calcium.

  • evelyn May 24, 2018, 2:16 am

    wow! calcium has many amazing benefits! i will make sure to include these calcium rich foods in my diet and follow the recommended daily intake.

  • mayen May 24, 2018, 10:41 pm

    milk is absolutely #1 in this list! this is the best source of calcium for me and my family.

  • cora May 25, 2018, 5:24 pm

    almonds are my favorite snack! i just love eating them, especially when combined with chocolates! it is nice to know that almonds are actually good for us!

  • ariane May 29, 2018, 8:21 pm

    goo thing i saw this write up today. i really need to up my calcium for stronger bones. i hate drinking milk and so it helps that there a lot of other good source of calcium.

  • beatrice May 30, 2018, 5:16 pm

    i noticed that some of these calcium-rich foods are non-dairy. that is good to know.

  • daisy May 31, 2018, 6:12 pm

    let me try wing beans to boost my calcium intake. i read that they can be eaten raw or cooked.

  • sofia June 4, 2018, 8:34 pm

    i grew up with these foods! no wonder i didn’t feel any signs and symptoms of vitamin c deficiency.

  • marilyn June 6, 2018, 7:39 pm

    this is a wonderful guide to calcium-rich foods. moms like me need this list to ensure that we serve the best food for our family and reach our daily recommended amount of calcium.

  • heidi June 7, 2018, 6:41 pm

    yey! i can’t believe i am getting tons of nutrients just by eating a can of sardines! i am absolutely a sardine-lover!

  • katelyn June 8, 2018, 8:00 pm

    can kale really give me 24% of my daily recommended vitamin c intake? that’s great! i will start eating this superfood from now on!

  • wendy June 11, 2018, 8:05 pm

    i know that calcium is important for strong bones but i don’t want to take in dairy-related products. so happy i found this very informational post. it gave the solution to my problem.

  • lulu June 12, 2018, 8:40 pm

    i am currently pregnant with my first child and my doctor advised me to eat calcium-rich foods. i am not sure if the foods listed here are safe for me to eat but i can ask my doctor about that.

  • danielle June 14, 2018, 3:10 am

    i need calcium to balance my body’s pH levels naturally. my favorite sources of calcium are milk, tofu and almonds. my day is not complete without these foods.

  • dawn June 15, 2018, 3:16 am

    Oh my! If calcium can really help lose weight then i will absolutely stock up on these foods!!!

  • mercy June 16, 2018, 4:12 am

    thank you so much for the very valuable information you shared in this post. i will wait for new articles like these that i can share with my friends and loved ones too.

  • felisa June 19, 2018, 4:59 am

    i never fail to eat foods high in vitamin C. my personal favorites are oranges and wing beans! Truly the best!

  • rafaella June 20, 2018, 1:53 am

    if you are wondering what nut is highest in calcium, that would be almond. this is the reason why it is my favorite snack! yum yum!

  • adela June 21, 2018, 2:29 am

    i increase calcium in my body by drinking milk and eating cheese, green leafy vegetables and nuts! these are indeed the some of the foods you need for stronger bones!

  • paige June 22, 2018, 2:55 am

    i immediately think of dairy products when i hear calcium, especially milk, which is my favorite! now i know that there are other food sources that i could try to meet my recommended daily value for calcium.

  • peggy June 22, 2018, 6:06 pm

    now i know that there are some ways to get calcium-rich foods without the dairy or choking down a supplement. this post is really a big help for health conscious like me!

  • amara June 27, 2018, 2:39 am

    when it comes to foods rich in calcium, my favorite is figs! it is extremely a healthy snack and is easy to add to my diet!

  • melanie July 3, 2018, 1:22 am

    Thank you so much! i no longer have to browse the web further to look for foods i have to eat to get enough vitamin C! this post covered everything!

  • angelina July 3, 2018, 9:46 pm

    i am experiencing numbness in fingers and toes, muscle cramps and loss of appetite. this might be a calcium deficiency. i better check with my doctor now.

  • sophie July 4, 2018, 9:26 pm

    this is really an exciting article to read! i love all the food listed here and they will surely give my health a boost!

  • julia July 6, 2018, 3:35 am

    i am lactose intolerant and i am glad i can still meet my calcium needs when i can’t have dairy.

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