We all know that it’s important to have a well-balanced diet and that includes getting an adequate amount of calcium. From a young age, parents preach to their children that fruits and vegetables are great for you, and having ice cream for dinner is not going to give you what your body needs. The ironic thing about the frozen dessert favorite is that it is a rich source of calcium, a nutrient that many adult Americans are not getting enough of in their diet.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, calcium intake in the U.S. is lower than it should be, despite the fact that there are calcium supplements, such as Dr. Newton’s Naturals Calmax, readily available to give you the amount of calcium per day that your body needs.
“Calcium plays a fundamental role in promoting bone health and forestalling osteoporosis,” said Jane Kerstetter, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Connecticut. “In light of evidence that energy intake declines with aging, calcium dense foods and calcium supplements become vital factors in maintaining adequate calcium intake across the lifespan.”
Some easy ways to get calcium into your diet are to eat yogurt, cheese, broccoli and tofu with added calcium sulfate, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. However, it’s important to be aware that activity and stress levels, medications and other foods you eat can inhibit calcium absorption. This is why a supplement can help you consume the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
The Office of Dietary Supplements reports that for an adult between the ages of 19 and 50, the RDA is 1,000 mg of calcium for both males and females, as well as pregnant or lactating women.