It’s no secret that calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth, and much more. Along with potassium, calcium plays a crucial role in proper metabolic function, cellular permeability, electrical conductance in the nerves, muscle contractions, and properly functioning glands and blood vessels, along with blood clotting. Needless to say, calcium is an important element in the body. Leafy greens, seafood, legumes, and fruit contain calcium needed by the body. Just remember to try and pair non-dairy sources of calcium with vitamin D and K2. The body needs vitamin D to help absorb calcium!
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and is found naturally in a variety of foods. Remember, though, it should be complemented with minerals and vitamin K2 to avoid bone disease, according to Dr. Robert Thompson, author of The Calcium Lie.
Complementary minerals include silica and magnesium. Silica is found in cucumbers, bell peppers, and tomatoes, and magnesium is abundant in cacao and green leafy vegetables. Plant-derived calcium, which is often balanced naturally with other minerals, is the best way to meet most calcium needs. Vitamin K2 is found in Japanese nato and other fermented foods and should be used as a supplement since it carries calcium out of the bloodstream and into bone matter. Otherwise, calcium collects in the blood stream and invades soft tissue instead of being absorbed in bone matter which then deteriorates vital tissues, kidneys, arterial walls, and heart muscle.
Here’s a list of foods rich in calcium — no cows needed!