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Monday, May 11, 2009

These Ol' Bones Will Tell Your Story

Did you know, that the United States is the largest consumer of dairy products and foods high in calcium content - well over double any other country in the world? However, in the same vein, the current US population still manages to take in less bone-growth stimulating calcium, than previous generations. Instead Americans consume high rates of animal protein and phosphate rich such as carbonated drinks. An excess of phosphate in the blood can potentially cause damage to the kidneys. Further, the US also has the highest rates of osteoporosis, and bone fractures in later life. As appears the tradition of 'choices', many health stores, and apothecaries stock virtually an endless array of vitamin and mineral supplements to 'regenerate' bone density and strength. While many of these supplements may be beneficial to some degree, it is important that the compound be adequately soluble to absorb into the body. The test for this is to place a tablet into a glass of vinegar and stir it. Within one half hour the tablet should be completely dissolved. If not, it will neither dissolve in the stomach. This test could be applied to other types of supplements and medications, as well. Current US health information clearly indicates that the best way to absorb sufficient amounts of calcium to maintain and increase bone density is to consume foods that high in calcium.Some excellent non-dairy (readily absorbed) sources of calcium include:
  • Almonds – 1 oz. (about 23 nuts) - 75 mg.
  • Blackstrap Molasses – 1 T. – approximately 137 mg.
  • Beans
    • White beans 3/4 cup has 120 mg
    • Navy beans 3/4 cup has 94 mg
    • Black Turtle beans 3/4 cup has 75 mg
    • Chickpeas 3/4 cup – 58 mg
    • Tofu 150g – 350 mg
  • Brazil Nuts – 2 oz. (about 12 nuts) - 90 mg.
  • Broccoli – 2 cups boiled - 124 mg.
  • Canned Salmon with bones - 3oz - 200 mg.
  • Celery - 2 cups raw - 81 mg.
  • Collard Greens - 1 cup boiled - 266 mg.
  • Flax Seeds – 2 T. - 52 mg.
  • Instant Oats - 1 packet – 165 mg
  • Kale – 1 cup boiled - 94 mg.
  • Kelp - 1 cup raw - 136 mg.
  • Oranges - 1 medium - 52 mg.
  • Papaya - 1 medium - 73 mg.
  • Sardines - I can - 100 gr.
  • Sesame Seeds – ¼ cup - 351 mg calcium.
  • Spinach – 1 cup boiled - 245 mg.
  • Swiss Chard – 1 cup boiled - 102 mg.
  • Tahini(sesame seed butter) – 2 T. raw – 126 mg.
Among the calcium supplements that contain the most essential components, here are a few*.
Bone Builder from Ethical Nutrients Bone Defense from Kal Bone Support from Synergy Plus Osteo-B-Plus from Biotics Research


* Resource: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 1st Ed

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