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soy milk, calcium-fortified oj, calcium-set tofu, almonds, broccoli, spinach, kale, chickpeas, fortified cereal, supplement pills on occasion, dried figs, blackstrap molasses, luna bars.
 

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I get mine from OJ too.<br><br><br><br>
are you sure spinach is a source of calcium?<br><br>
I believe I researched it before, and I discovered that it's really hard to ingest the calcium from it (spinich is selfish) although it is high in calcium. (hmmm... maybe it has something to do with vitamin D???) I'll get back to this thread when I find a reference.
 

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I'm really not worried about calcium. I guess being a guy has something to do with it, but I am conscientious about all my nutrients. I usually get calcium fortified soymilk, broccoli, chickpeas, fortified cereal, blackstrap molasses (I use it in ginger snaps and such), and occasionally I'll get a fortified OJ, but I don't drink a lot of juice (sugar and calories issue). I prefer to eat my fruit. Finally, I take a multivitamin every day to cover my bases.<br><br><br><br>
I also frequently have Luna Bars, which are practically multivitamins in bar form, and get me from lunch to dinner when I'm at work.
 

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Spinach is not a sourse of calcium or iron. It contains oxylates that bind the nutrients together. You only absorb 5% of the iron/calcium in spinach.<br><br><br><br>
Katieq, from what you post that you eat in a day, you fall dangerously short on calcium every day (from food). I hope you take 2-3 high dose calcium supplements daily.<br><br><br><br>
Also, you need proper protein and fat levels in your diet to absorb the most calcium. Too low in protein is just as bad as too high. Magnesium and Vit D are also vital.<br><br><br><br>
Adult women need at least 1000mg of calcium daily. If you get 75% of it from foods, you typically get enough of all the other vitamins you need to be healthy.
 

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that's a good statistic to go by, i'll have to remember that.<br><br><br><br>
i take a calcium-magnesium supplement every couple of days, and a multivitamin when i remember/when i feel like it. i don't feel the need to take either of them every day.<br><br>
likewise here with the soymilk, dark green veggies, nuts, and luna bars.<br><br><br><br>
i didn't know figs were a good source, i may have to get some
 

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that sucks about the spinach.<br><br><br><br>
i'm not saying this is what I eat in a day, it's just what i know one SHOULD eat to get proper calcium. i try, but it's a rare day when i get over 1000mg. and it doesn't help that caffeine and nicotine deplete calcium from your bones.
 

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i am not sure. i know that for the last year i havent cared where much of anything came from, just that i knew i ate a lot of a different ammount of things and i got my blood test back and they say im healthy healthy. so im happy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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hey i heard on the tv that milk contains calcium but only 30 percent gets obsorbed buy the human body and the rest , 70 percent just gets "excreted" by the body. but plants like green leafy vegetables contain lots of calcium that the body can use 100 percent. so yay for that.
 

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as a vegan, you can get calcium from soy the best. i believe soy has a much higher calcium rate than milk itself.<br><br><br><br>
so bye bye milk-fairytale.
 

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hmmm... this is interesting because i've cut out soy this last week to see if it improves my energy levels (because i think i was overdoing it)...<br><br><br><br>
BUT i have had incredible cravings for cheese... so perhaps i need some more calcium too...<br><br><br><br>
i eat lots of nuts and seeds, bread and veges... ooh and i LOVE dried figs... I always crave them and eat them as much as possible...<br><br><br><br>
i think i'll try to compensate for my lack of soy now!<br><br><br><br>
although, i've had many non-v*n people tell me that soy doesn't have that much calcium... but they are wrong...<br><br><br><br>
when i compare the nutritional info on dairy milk to soy milk... the soy actually rates highter! so there!
 

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an afterthought...<br><br><br><br>
does anyone know if lack of calcium is linked to girly period problems?!<br><br><br><br>
i haven't had a period in over two years. despite being a healthy weight for nearly a year (i had an ED)...<br><br><br><br>
i'm now wondering if calcium could be the crucial thing...?!
 

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Tahini has 10 times the amount of calcium that is in cow's milk.<br><br>
Remember that we were not meant to drink cow's milk, therefore we were meant to obtain our calcium from other sources.
 

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Lack of calcium can contribute to period problems in some people. We are all different.<br><br><br><br>
Kat New, it's important to get your calcium from *many* sources. It is as wrong to use soy as the only source, as it is to use dairy. If you're craving cheese, you might also be needing a little more protein in your diet. Have a little hummus and carrots with your figs as a snack <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I want to add this in about blood tests. The blood test for calcium does not check for the calcium levels in your bones. It tests for the calcium in your blood. Your blood *needs* calcium in order to run your body and will leech it from your bones if it has to. I know 3 people with osteo and *all* have normal calcium lvls in their blood. Do not rely on your blood tests as a means of determining your calcium status.<br><br><br><br>
Get a minimum of 1000mg of calcium daily if you are an adult female (teenage females need more). Don't take a calcium supplement higher then 500mg at one time. Limit caffeine and sodium. Maintain a moderate-paced exercise regime 3x per week. Eat a well-rounded menu, including dairy/soy, green vegetables, bright fruits, varied beans, and a small amount of nuts/seeds (larger amount if you are trying to gain weight).<br><br><br><br>
I posted a while ago a menu to get 1000mg of calcium per day without soy or dairy. It is important to do.
 
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