Everyone requires calcium. Calcium is essential for the growth and repair of bones throughout life. Bones mass generally peaks by age 30 to 35. Thereafter, one begins to lose more mass than the body can replace. The reduction of bone mass can progress gradually and painlessly and most people do not know they have osteoporosis until the bone break. This is why osteoporosis is also known as “ The Silent Disease”. Women are more prone to osteoporosis after menopause.
Calcium-rich foods include broccoli, non-fat and low-fat dairy products, nuts, seaweed and seeds. While milk is a good source of calcium, many people are lactose intolerant. Their bodies are unable to digest necessary amounts of lactose, the predominant sugar in milk.
It is not easy to obtain the daily requirement of calcium, and even more difficult for people with lactose intolerance as they cannot consume milk. In cases where the amount of calcium from food is not possible or practical, it is recommended to take a calcium supplement. So my dear friends, we have to remember that calcium is very important to health! lets together make our life longer....huhu
-Reader’s Digest, July 2007