How can calcium help prevent osteoporosis?

Howard S. Smith
Pain Medicine
Calcium is a wonder miracle as it influences many of the body’s functions, particularly in keeping the skeleton strong. Calcium builds strong bones and teeth and helps to prevent osteoporosis, which can gradually lead to painful bone fractures and loss of height. About 91% of the body’s calcium stores are in the bones and teeth; 1% is in the soft tissue and blood. If you do not ingest calcium, the body will take the calcium it needs from the body’s stores. After a period, you will get osteoporosis because the lack of calcium caused the bones to become weak and less dense.

The Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) is 1,000 milligrams; women 51 and older need 1200 milligrams or more. The best food sources are broccoli, bok choy, salmon, sardines with bones, kale, beans (dried), dairy products, soy products, and calcium-fortified foods.

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