Calcium is essential for having healthy bones and teeth. It is especially important that children get extra calcium, so that their bones and teeth develop properly whilst they are young. Adults should consume around 700mg of calcium every day.
Calcium also has some other functions that are not as widely known. It helps to regulate the heartbeat and ensures that blood clots properly. Be careful not to have too much though, or it could result in an upset stomach.
One of the first signs you are not getting enough calcium could be problems with your teeth. If you are getting lots of dental cavities, speak to your dentist. They may advise you to increase your calcium intake to help with your oral health.
Here are some good sources of calcium:
- Cheese, milk, yoghurt and other dairy products.
- Fish like salmon, perch and rainbow trout.
- Greens like spinach, kale and okra.