Consuming calcium, especially during developmental stages, is crucial to building bone density. Milk is a great way to get calcium although there are other ways as well. The National Academy of Sciences recommends 1,000 mg/day for those between 19-49, 1,200 mg/day for 50 and older, and 1,000 mg/day for pregnant or lactating women. There are many factors in strong bone and bone density (including sufficient exercise and vitamins besides calcium) but a healthy dose of calcium, be it from milk, bok choy, baked beans, fortified soy milk or another source, is also an important factor.
Not necessarily! Many people have digestive issues caused by animal milk and it’s hard for humans to gigest. Milk also throws off the body’s pH and can actually end up leeching calcium out of your bones in order to rebalance the alkalinity in the blood.
The best source of calcium is from plants, and the best calcium supplements are derived from Algae. Most of the calcium supplements sold today are derived from limestone, so unless you know what to look for, the chances are that you’re swallowing things like citric acid, oyster shells, coral and stones. This rock-sourced calcium can be difficult to absorb and can cause digestive problems. But there’s another type of calcium that’s ideal for the vegan or vegetarian diet. Plant-sourced calcium comes from an edible substance: algae. A study shows that plant calcium can increase the growth of human bone building cells from 200 to 400% more than other types of calcium. AlgaeCal is raw, unbleached, completely plant-based and the only USDA Certified Organic calcium available. It is easy to digest, rich with other essential bone health minerals and ecologically harvested.
Be careful, though. There’s a brand out there that claims to be using AlgaeCal when it is NOT! Beware of New Chapter’s Bone Strength Take Care! They don’t have AlgaeCal, so you’re better off with Garden of Life RAW, which does.
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