Hopefully ever woman knows that calcium is good for her bones and that it can help prevent osteoporosis. A new study indicates that eating your calcium, as opposed to taking a calcium supplement, may be more effective in creating strong bones.
Though not definitive, the study found that women who obtained most of their daily calcium from food had healthier bones with a higher bone density than women whose calcium came mainly from supplemental tablets. What I find even more fascinating is that this held true even though the supplement-takers had higher average daily doses of calcium.
Although more studies are necessary, the evidence should not be ignored. So do eat your calcium and this doesn't mean chow down on ice cream.
First thing's first, the RDI for calcium is 1,000 mg and milk is not the only source for this bone fortifying mineral. You can find calcium in nuts, broccoli, fortified orange juice, even sardines. Click here for a very complete list of foods and their calcium content.
Another simple way to add calcium to your diet is to have a latte in the morning - it doesn't have to be from Starbucks - you can make your own.