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Quick Tip! Calcium

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Calcium is an essential mineral and has several important functions in the body.

Some of these include.

*Helping to build strong & healthy bones and teeth.
*Ensuring blood clots normally.
*Regulating muscle contractions (including heart beat.)

How much calcium a day do I need?

Adults require around 700mg of calcium a day.

What food can offer me a good source of calcium?

Calcium can be found in a variety of food & fluids and not just in dairy products which is quite handy to know for those who are lactose intolerant.

*Nuts
*Broccoli & Cabbage
*Sardines & Pilchards
*Soya beans
*Milk, Cheese & other dairy products like yoghurt
*Tofu

By consuming too much calcium (over 1,500mg according to the NHS) you could experience stomach pain and diarrhoea.

There are plenty of calcium supplements on the market but ideally you should be able to get all the calcium you need through eating a good diet that is rich in the sources mentioned above.