Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. Found in bones and teeth, it plays a vital role in muscle contraction (aka movement), blood clotting, blood vessel mechanics, nerve impulse transmission, enzyme regulation, cell membrane function, and blood pressure regulation.
Recommended intake values for calcium vary for different groups from a low of 1000 mg per day to 1300 mg.
While milk certainly is a good source of calcium, it holds no monopoly on this important mineral.
Here are 3 alternative sources of calcium:
Blackstrap Molasses. Blackstrap molasses are a derivative of sugar cane and are the byproduct left over from making refined table sugar. It contain 400 milligrams of calcium in just two tablespoons. For perspective, a cup of skim milk (8 oz.) contains 300 milligrams!
Sardines. A true fast food – just open the tin can and gobble them up. At 325 milligrams of calcium per three ounce serving, sardines are also a good source of protein, and are a sustainable fish species.
Turnip Greens. Who would have thought that the greens of a root vegetable could be a good source of calcium? One cup of cooked turnip greens contains 200 milligrams of calcium.