Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Get Your Calcium From Natural Sources

A new study on healthy pre-teen girls demonstrates just how important getting the right amount of calcium -- and where you get it -- can be.

Researchers measured the calcium's effects on some 200 Finnish girls (ages 10-12), either by taking various supplements or a placebo or eating low-fat cheese.

Although the low-fat cheese group enjoyed more health benefits than those taking supplements, these results are a mixed blessing, because processed dairy foods are some of the worst things you can eat. Your best natural sources for calcium:

Finding an authentic raw milk source. (Visit the Real Milk Web site to find one near you.)
Increasing your intake of vegetables, ideally through juicing. Vegetable juice is also rich in vitamin K, which serves as the biological glue that plugs calcium into your bone matrix.
Getting the right amount of sunshine, your best source for vitamin D, every day.

Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 82, No. 5, November 2005: 1115-1126

Yahoo News November 22, 2005

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