Calcium is popularly known as the essential element for maintaining bone health. In truth, a diet rich in calcium is essential for preventing rickets, osteoporosis, and bone fractures, but requires sufficient vitamin D and magnesium to make sure your bones can properly absorb the required calcium.
Most of your calcium should come from dietary sources, rather than supplements. The best dietary sources include cheeses, unsweetened yogurt, dark leafy greens (e.g. bok choi, kale, mustard greens), fish with edible bones (such as sardines), sesame, almonds, and broccoli. Because of the high amount of milk sugar, drinking milk is not actually a great source of calcium.
In addition to bone health, calcium has positive effects on blood pressure, maintaining proper heart rhythm, and proper muscle function. Calcium also reduces the risk of colon cancer, helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and helps you properly distribute other nutrients in your body to nerves, bones, and muscles.
Osteoporosis—weakening of the bones—comes with some unhappy lose-lose scenarios. The disease can cripple you—but so can the conventional treatments. Fortunately, you can safely reduce your risk of osteoporosis and its severity and symptoms, with simple yet powerful lifestyle and diet changes. Breaking down osteoporosis Big Pharma has a LOT of people to sell drugs to. […]
An excerpt from the book, “Your Blood Never Lies: How to Read a Blood Test for a Longer, Healthier Life” by James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, ND. Read additional excerpts or buy the whole book. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. An average healthy male contains 2.5 to 3 pounds of calcium, […]
An excerpt from the book, “Your Blood Never Lies: How to Read a Blood Test for a Longer, Healthier Life” by James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, ND. Read additional excerpts or buy the whole book. There are numerous causes of hypocalcemia, or low blood calcium, but the most common is a condition known as hypoalbuminemia. […]
Most of my senior patients are worried about osteoporosis. Why shouldn’t they be? When you reach a certain age, you start seeing friends who break a hip quickly degrade toward ill health and death. It’s a sudden, frightening, and serious health risk. Only one problem—osteoporosis isn’t to blame. Today, I want to tell you why […]
If you think the key to avoiding osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease common among the elderly, is by drinking milk, or popping calcium supplements, it’s time for a little talk. Calcium is a versatile nutrient with plenty of health benefits, including strengthening bones. But please don’t fall for the hype about how drinking milk does a […]
With all of the discussions about health care costs in the news these days, I often wonder why we don’t pay more attention to disease prevention, especially chronic conditions, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. These all-too-common disorders cost us dearly, with associated medical claims well into the billions of dollars. That’s not […]
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know how difficult it can be to get through the day, struggling with an unwieldy cast and a sometimes very limited range of motion. Unfortunately, as the Baby Boomers age, more and more of them will be dealing with problems caused by weak and brittle bones. Osteoporosis is […]
Strong bones are our best friends, allowing us to stay mobile and active. But, like so many other health conditions, accurate information about what makes and keeps bones strong and healthy is hard to find. Calcium is a good example. The dairy industry spends millions of dollars every year to convince us that their products […]