Alabama: Calcium’s Benefits to Health

We all learn the importance of calcium in our diets from basic nutrition, but Alabama Cooperative Extension is highlighting just how vital this mineral for our well-being. Not only is calcium needed for bones and teeth, but it also regulates our nerves, blood clotting, and muscle tone.

A major issue in with calcium intake is that most people do not get the amount they need, especially between the ages of 9 to 18 when the rate of calcium absorption is highest. The report states that 54 million Americans suffer from bone loss through Osteoporosis due to low calcium.

Alabama Cooperative Extension is reminding people that drinking a glass of milk is not the only way to get calcium. Aside from dairy products, calcium can also be found in kale and other dark, leafy greens.

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