Calcium is a crucial mineral for bone health and also helps to support the heart, nerves, and muscles of the body. But it can be a challenge getting the calcium you need if you don’t drink milk or have a dietary sensitivity to dairy products. Fortunately, there are lots of other healthy foods that contain calcium that you can focus on, as well as all-natural supplements.
Here are some ideas for how to get more calcium from the foods you eat without focusing on dairy.
Almonds are an excellent source of calcium since a cup of almonds has about 385 milligrams of this nutrient. Nuts, including almonds, are high in calories and fat, and although this is the healthy kind of fat, you’ll still want to only snack on nuts in moderation.
Oatmeal is a great way to start the day and because it’s filling, full of fiber, and contains calcium too. Choose oatmeal that does not have added sugar or flavors, and make it with soy milk to get even more calcium in your morning without any dairy.
Leafy green vegetables, including kale and bok choy, contain lots of calcium and are easy to use in recipes. Turnip greens and spinach are other leafy green vegetable to eat more of when you want more calcium. Try putting these types of leafy greens in your salads instead of standard iceberg lettuce for greater health benefits.
Vegetarians and vegans often rely on tofu as a source of protein since it is a meat alternative. However, tofu also contains calcium. Compare different brands and types of tofu at your market to choose the one with the best calcium content.
Various types of seeds, including chia seeds, are a good source of calcium and are easy additions to your diet. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds have about 179 milligrams of calcium, so try adding them into your oatmeal, salads, or smoothies.
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, are good plant-based sources of protein. Broccoli is an all-around healthy food to eat, and calcium is just one of the many benefits you’ll get from this vegetable. If you don’t like the taste of broccoli or can’t find fresh broccoli where you live, try our Seagate Broccoli Sprouts capsules.
An orange has about 60 milligrams of calcium and is one of the most calcium-rich fruits you can find. In addition to eating more oranges, you can also find store-bought orange juice that has been fortified with calcium.
Shark Cartilage Powder and Capsules
For an added calcium boost or to make up for calcium deficiencies in your diet, consider Seagate Shark Cartilage in powder form or capsule form. Sustainably sourced and freeze-dried to maintain purity with no fillers, our shark cartilage products contain calcium and are part of a naturally healthy lifestyle.