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We all know calcium is important, and that we need to get enough of it. But what exactly does this mineral do for our bodies, and how much is enough?
Most notably, calcium helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. But this mineral also regulates heart and other muscle functioning; facilitates the formation and functioning of cell membranes; is essential for nerve conduction; and regulates enzyme activity throughout the body.
And although the average person’s body needs about 1,000 mg of calcium per day to perform these essential functions, most of us aren’t getting enough. Calcium deficiency can lead to low bone density, poor blood clotting, and other health problems.
For more information about calcium, including a great list of plant-based sources, check out the infographic below! It’s a great visual reminder that milk is NOT the best source of calcium! (click image for larger version)
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