Calcium: Essential Nutrition for Teeth and Bones

Published:August 22nd, 2011

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Teeth’s composition is very similar to that of your bones. Like bones, calcium is essential to maintain the health of your teeth. There are other essential minerals like silicon and magnesium. Our body does not produce these nutrients but is consumed everyday. It is important you get enough of these especially during your growing up years.

Aside from healthy teeth, below are some other important benefits of calcium.

1. It can help you sleep better at night.
Every wonder why we are advised to drink a glass of milk before going to bed? Milk has Tryptophan, an amino acid. It causes drowsiness when consumed in the right amount. Although a glass of warm milk does not have enough tryptophan to make you feel sleepy, it could be the reason some people believe a glass of warm milk can help you sleep better at night. The warm temperature also helps sooth you.

2. Supports bone health.
It is especially important to take enough calcium during youth. This is when your body is still constructing itself. It is also important during a woman’s menopausal period. You must also combine your calcium consumption with regular exercise, 30 minutes of breastwalking three times a week is enough.

3. Reduces muscle cramps and menstrual cramps.
As long as you have enough calcium daily, it should reduce cramps.

Food Rich in Calcium

If you are lactose intolerant, milk may pose problem when you take it in. If you are only mildly lactose intolerant, try having a full meal before drinking milk. If your lactose intolerance is extreme, below are alternative sources of calcium:

• cheese and yogurt
• sardines (with bones)
• broccoli
• peas
• leafy greens
• almonds
• Brazil nuts
• sesame seeds
• tofu
• soymilk
• blackstrap molasses
• dried figs and apricots
• corn tortillas

You can take supplements but remember that nothing beats natural sources. If you can help it, go for your vegetables and fruits.

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