If not for milk, what else?

Does the sight of milk itself make you turn your head in disgust? Wondering how you will manage to get enough calcium without drinking milk? Relax, good news is here. Milk is not the only best source of calcium.

It is true that the intake of calcium does bring down the risk of osteoporosis and colon cancer by strengthening the bones. However, dairy products are very high in saturated fats and retinol. Paradoxically, the increased accumulation of calcium will also result in weakening of bones.

Non-dairy sources of calcium include fortified soymilk, collards, bok choy, baked beans, and of course, calcium supplements. Dark leafy vegetables and dried beans are also abundant suppliers of absorbable calcium. Milk or no milk, calcium should reach the body in the right measure. It is an essential nutrient not only for bones and teeth but also for a variety of other function such as blood clotting, nerve impulse transmission and heart rhythm regulation.

If the body does not get enough calcium through diet, it will start pulling out calcium from bones. However, the calcium that is lent will be returned back to bones at a later stage of abundance. The living tissues called bones are always in a state of instability. They get broken down and built up constantly. This process is called as remodelling of bones. Bone cells called osteoblasts are engaged in the manufacture of fresh bones where as osteoclasts break down the bones. In people who get enough calcium through diet, this process continues till the age of thirty. When production of bones exceeds destruction, it is a sign of healthy skeletal framework. After the age of thirty, the rate of bone destruction will be generally greater than that of production. That is why people who are thirty plus are required to take vitamin and mineral supplements daily. Such supplements will see to it that the body receives adequate calcium nutrition.



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