What I need to know about Calcium
Written by Jessica Smith   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
 Common names
    * Calcium

Recommended Intake

    * Males and females 19-50 yrs: 1000 mg/day
    * Males and females 51-70 yrs: 1200 mg/day

What's Calcium for?

    * Involved in bone and teeth structure
    * Aids in muscle contraction, blood clotting, blood vessel contraction and dilation, secretion of enzymes and hormones, and nerve function
    * Protects against osteopenia, osteoporosis, and hypertension
    * May play a role in preventing high blood cholesterol, diabetes, colon cancer, and obesity

Best Food sources

    * Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese
    * Kale, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, mustard and turnip greens, bok choy, parsley, watercress, some seaweeds
    * Canned fish with the bones in
    * Calcium fortified juice, soy milk, tofu, and cereals