Calcium

We all know that calcium is essential for good bone health. Calcium is not produced in the body thus you need to obtain it from food. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and sardines are abundant in calcium.

Health Functions
Deficiency in calcium can lead to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disorder wherein the bones become more porous and fragile. Calcium is also a potential key player in the prevention of colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. This mineral also reduces the risk for cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. Sufficient calcium intake also prevents preeclampsia – a medical condition wherein pregnant women develop hypertension and proteinuria (excess protein in the urine). In addition, normal calcium intake is also associated with low body weight and reduced weight gain.

Disease Risk Reduction
Calcium reduces the risk for bone disease, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

Groups at Risk
People who are more susceptible to calcium deficiency include postmenopausal women, women with amenorrhea (menstrual periods stop), those with lactose intolerance, and people whose diets are inclusively plant-based (vegetarians).

Intake Recommendations
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults is within the range of 1,000-1,300 milligrams. Most excessive calcium intake cases are due to calcium supplements. Getting calcium naturally from your diet is recommended since it ensures that you are obtaining the necessary amount of calcium (not too high and not too low).

7D VARIETY Recommendations
Energy Dates are a good source of calcium. A cup of Energy Dates (147 grams) can provide you 12% of the Recommended Daily Intake. 7D VARIETY recommends you to consume Energy Dates to increase your calcium intake and be able to reap its health benefits.