Good sources of calcium are dairy products or seaweed such as kelp, wakame and hijiki, nuts and seeds (almonds and sesame), beans, oranges, figs, amaranth, okra, broccoli, dandelion leaves, kale, soy milk and many others.
Calcium (in Latin calcis, meaning lime) was known as early as the first century. Ancient Romans used to prepare lime as calcium oxide.
A non-proper diet can lead to calcium deficiency which can lead to blood clotting or osteoporosis. On the other hand, too much calcium can cause impaired kidney function and decrease absorption of other minerals.
So, where is the problem one may ask? When there is plenty of calcium to be found from dairy products and others (fruits, vegetables, seaweeds).
Well, there are different claims.
According to some studies, people who get most calcium from dairy products have more broken bones than those who do not consume a lot of dairy products (like people from Asia). Also, some research studies show that the countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis (The USA, Finland and Sweden) were those with a high consumption of dairy /animal products.
For example, Dr McDougall claimed that “the dairy industry has created an obsession over calcium that has become, in effect, a major contributor to the suffering and death of more than one billion people annually on Planet Earth from diseases of over-nutrition—obesity, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and diabetes.”
As a result calcium from different a healthier sources (other than from dairy products) is observed.
Coral Calcium benefits
There are many calcium supplements which have been made available in the market.
Coral calcium is a salt of calcium derived from fossilized coral reefs, composed primarily of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), with small amounts of magnesium and other trace minerals.
Coral Calcium comes from the shells of sea creatures as well as from oceanic coral reefs. According to some claims, both children and adults may enjoy this dietary supplement as long as it is composed of nothing but the natural ingredients. However, there is still no official medical evidence to support these claims.
Did you know: A good source of calcium can be found in eggshells, which can be ground into a powder and mixed into food.