Calcium is a mineral found in food that is essential for building strong bones and teeth.
Not only does calcium maintain bone and teeth integrity, it also helps to protect the brain, heart and lungs, maintain the function of muscles and nerves, and is essential during locomotion and blood clotting.
Your doctor or pharmacist may advise you to eat foods high in calcium to avoid low calcium levels. Do not take calcium supplements without talking to your doctor or pharmacist, as some medications and calcium should not be mixed. Your health care professional may recommend that you take a vitamin D supplement as well.
The recommended daily allowance for both males and females 19 to 50 years old is 1000 mg.
Foods high in calcium (75-200 mg per serving) include:
Bread & grains
Meat & meat alternatives
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