What Are the Best Sources of Natural Calcium?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

As with any nutrients, finding ways to ingest natural calcium rather than relying strictly on nutritional supplements is the best way to make sure the body has what it needs. Fortunately, including a wide range of foods in the diet can help boost the supply of calcium significantly, along with ingesting several other nutrients that work in tandem with the natural calcium. Along with foods, there are also a number of herbs that are excellent sources of calcium and can be used for seasonings or even in the preparation of herbal fusions that can be enjoyed as hot teas.

Prunes contain calcium.
Prunes contain calcium.

When it comes to foods, thinking green is a good way to work natural calcium into the diet. Green foods offer a wide range of taste and texture, making it a simple task to include them in the meal planning. Consider green leafy vegetables like collards and kale as a way to provide your body with the calcium it needs. Other options include asparagus, broccoli, bok choy, and turnip greens. For some fun, toss in some avocados and cabbage into the mix. Even a nice helping of baked beans will provide a little calcium along with some much needed fiber in the diet.

Dairy products contain calcium.
Dairy products contain calcium.

Dairy products can also provide an excellent source of natural calcium. Buttermilk is sometimes considered the best option, although milk products in general will provide at least some calcium. Cheese also provides a nice amount of calcium. Just about any dairy-based products will provide some of the calcium needed every day.

Asparagus is a good source of calcium.
Asparagus is a good source of calcium.

Other foods can also provide help with taking in enough natural calcium each day. Almonds are a tasty way to boost calcium levels. Figs and prunes are two examples of fruits that provide this important nutrient. Including oats in the diet add another source of calcium, along with regular helpings of salmon and other types of seafood. For vegetarians, incorporating tofu and soybeans into the diet will go a long way toward keeping calcium levels within acceptable limits.

Salmon is a good natural source of calcium.
Salmon is a good natural source of calcium.

When it comes to herbs, there are a number of ways to incorporate natural calcium into the diet. A cup of chamomile tea will provide some of this important nutrient, while also helping to calm the nerves. Cayenne feeds the heart with wide range of nutrients, including calcium. Chicory is an excellent alternative to coffee and provides an equitable serving of calcium. Paprika, horsetail, and peppermint are also excellent sources. Many herbs can be used in various combinations to season foods, or be steeped in hot water to create pleasant tasting beverages that provide a combination of nutrients, including natural calcium.

Bananas contain calcium.
Bananas contain calcium.
A cup of chamomile tea can provide natural calcium.
A cup of chamomile tea can provide natural calcium.
Kale contains plenty of calcium.
Kale contains plenty of calcium.
Tofu is a great natural source of calcium.
Tofu is a great natural source of calcium.
Milk is a good source of calcium.
Milk is a good source of calcium.
Salmon fillets are high in calcium.
Salmon fillets are high in calcium.
The root of the chicory plant can be used to make an herbal coffee substitute.
The root of the chicory plant can be used to make an herbal coffee substitute.
Some dairy products are fortified with vitamin D to boost calcium absorption.
Some dairy products are fortified with vitamin D to boost calcium absorption.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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