Getting enough calcium each day from your food alone is difficult. Could YOU benefit from a calcium supplement?
Not everyone can eat enough of certain foods to get their Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of key nutrients. For example, the best food source of calcium are dairy products and – in particular – milk. As such, vegans or people with dairy intolerances might find it tough to get enough calcium from their food. This is one example of when a calcium supplement may be quite beneficial to protect your bones, joints and muscles.
The first step in determining if you should consider a calcium supplement is to determine your calcium RDI. The National Health and Medical research Council recommend the following calcium intake for Australians and New Zealanders:
If we match the average Australian’s diet to the Australian Government figures above, most Australians are not getting enough calcium from food alone. Below is a list of common foods that have very high calcium content. By looking at how much of each of these foods you eat each day, you should be able to estimate roughly how much calcium you are eating each day. The ABC also has a simple calculator to tell you how much calcium you are eating each day if you are struggling with the maths. If your intake is lower than the recommended daily intake (RDI) outlined above, you may benefit from a calcium supplement.
If you are eating less than the recommended daily intake, eating more of the above foods or taking a calcium supplement may offer significant benefits.
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This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on making sure you are getting enough nutrients in your life, visit www.health365.com.au.