Nutrient to Know: Calcium by Dana Angelo White in Nutrients to Know, October 25, 2011
This important mineral is essential to both bone and muscle health. It also happens to be one of the nutrients most folks don’t get enough of.
What is it?
Calcium is a mineral that’s plentiful in dairy products but is also found in eggs and some green veggies. Orange juice, soymilk and other foods are fortified with calcium for those who have trouble digesting dairy (see examples below).
Once in the body, calcium can be a little finicky. Your body can’t absorb large quantities at one time and it needs vitamin D around to be absorbed. It can also stand in the way of the absorption of minerals like iron and zinc. Your best bet is to spread out calcium intake throughout the day and get plenty of vitamin D.