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Calcium-Rich Eating

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Posted: August 29, 2011

To keep bones strong, we need to eat and drink calcium-rich foods daily to replace calcium used in our bodies. Calcium is also needed for other important body functions. It helps blood to clot and is needed to release insulin that maintains blood sugar levels. Calcium also is necessary for vitamin B12 to be absorbed.

Calcium-rich eating is important for all age groups. Young people between ages 9 and 18 need the most calcium to build strong bones while they are growing. Adults from 18 to 50 years old need to maintain their bone strength by getting enough calcium each day. Adults over 50 lose calcium at a faster rate. 

See the publication Calcium-Rich Eating, for more information.