We all grew up hearing that milk would give us strong bones. Milk has been the staple calcium food internationally, but it’s about time we grew out of our childhood beliefs – you do not need to consume dairy to get your calcium! Relief to all the vegans out there, no need to give up this important mineral and start popping supplements. There are many unlikely calcium-rich foods we can consume to keep our bones, blood, nerves, heart and muscles healthy. Yep, calcium is responsible for the health of many bodily functions, not just the bones! Which is why calcium deficiency can be as debilitating as to provoke confusion, memory loss, hallucinations and depression.
It’s funny how America has one of the highest dairy consumption rates, as well as a high osteoporosis rate – there must be something we’re missing.
Here’s 5 foods you probably never knew were packed with this crucial mineral and electrolyte:
Black sesame seeds
These tiny seeds are incredibly calcium rich, with up to 88mg Calcium per tbsp.! For centuries, black sesame seeds have been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for bone health and osteoporosis prevention. TCM recommends eating them every morning – perhaps sprinkled on oatmeal or avocado toast!
We know chia seeds are high in omega 3 and 6, but they don’t get enough praise for their calcium content! There’s about 631mg calcium in every 3.5 ounce serving. We got you covered in these easy grab and go flavors; Green Protein, and Matcha and Mocha Organic Herbal Energy!
Black beans are one of the most calcium rich beans out there, and they also contain 12 x more protein than milk! They are especially protective against heart disease – a chronic disease made likely by calcium deficiency.
Well, mustard in general. Believe it or not, it is said that people who crave mustard are often deficient in calcium! We may think of it as a processed condiment or cooking spice, but the mustard plant has actually been used medicinally for thousands of years. Mustard greens, like all dark leafy greens, are an excellent source of calcium and minerals.
Seaweed is not only very high in calcium, but also iodine, iron and choline, making this sea vegetable an incredibly beneficial for memory, anemia, immunity and bone health. It is a staple food in the Asian diet, and studies also show Asia has a very low rate of osteoporosis and bone diseases – need we say more?