Calcium is for life, not just for childhood
We all know how important it is to ensure children have plenty of calcium in their diet as it helps build strong bones and teeth. But what about as an adult? Does calcium become less important? The answer is not at all.
What is calcium and why do we need it?
Calcium is a mineral that’s stored in our bones. Almost all the calcium in the body is stored in bone tissue, but a small amount – around 1% – circulates dissolved in the blood and other bodily fluids or is inside our cells.
Calcium is important at all ages for strong bones and teeth. It’s also needed for our heart, muscles and nerves to function properly, plays a role in hormone secretion and is needed for blood to clot. Not getting enough calcium as an adult can contribute to the development of osteoporosis and fractures.
The NHS suggests that UK adults need 700mg of calcium a day.
Where can I find calcium?
Good sources of calcium include dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, as well as green vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and okra, soya beans, nuts and foods made with fortified flour such as bread and cereals. The calcium in milk and dairy products is more easily absorbed and used by the body than calcium in most other foods.
Three 200ml servings of St Helen’s Farm goats’ milk can provide more than 100% of an adult’s daily calcium needs. For a calcium-packed menu, how about Shona’s Overnight Oats for breakfast, our delicious Sunshine Smoothie mid-morning, refreshing Minted Pea Soup for lunch and our rustic Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Quiche for dinner?
Is calcium alone enough?
In short, no. Calcium needs phosphorus to maximise its bone strengthening benefits and vitamin D is key to getting calcium and phosphorus to enter the bloodstream via the gut. The NHS suggests that adults in the UK need 550mg of phosphorus a day. One 200ml serving of St Helen’s Farm goats’ milk provides a third of our daily phosphorus needs.
For a meal that contains a healthy amount of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D, try our Salmon, Black Beans, Lime and Goats’ Cheese recipe.
To learn more about the naturally good health benefits of St Helen’s Farm goats’ milk products, visit our website.