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5 Non-Dairy (And Amazing) Calcium Sources

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Do you still think that milk is the only way to keep your teeth and bones healthy?

Think again! Here are 5 wonderful ways to get your intake of calcium.

  1. Collard greens (268 milligrams per 1 cup, cooked): Simply sauteeing collard greens with olive oil and garlic is an excellent and delicious way to eat this calcium powerhouse. Not into collard greens? Bok choy and kale are also high in calcium.
  2. Broccoli (86 milligrams in 2 cups, raw): Not only is this veggie high in calcium, but it also helps with digestion, cardiovascular health, and the immune system.
  3. Figs (121 milligrams per 1/2 cup, dried): They may taste like candy, but figs have some sweet health benefits, too. They’re loaded with fiber and many essential minerals. Keep dried figs stashed in your purse or at your desk for a snack.
  4. Salmon (181 milligrams per three ounces): Salmon is high in calcium and also supports brain function, cardiovascular health, the nervous system, and can help prevent degenerative eye diseases. Other fatty fishes high in calcium include tuna and mackerel.
  5. Chia seeds (300 mg per 1.5 ounces): Chia seeds pack a powerful punch of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Simply sprinkle them on salads, oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, or even pudding!

Sources:

  • https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-Consumer/#h7
  • https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248958.php
  • https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/bonehealth/conditioninfo/Pages/calcium.aspx
  • http://www.livescience.com/45408-broccoli-nutrition.html