Calcium is an essential nutrient whose absence is unavoidably noticed in all human diets. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. It is popular for its help in building strong bones and teeth for humans. But yes, it does more. Calcium is needed for muscle function, intracellular signaling, vasodilation and vascular contraction, hormonal secretion, nerve transmission, blood clotting etc. These functions are vital for human living. Cow’s milk has long been promoted as the best source for calcium and if vegans are restricted from consuming dairy one might wonder how calcium consumption is met on a plant-based lifestyle.
Contrary to popular belief, calcium is not exclusive to dairy or cow’s milk and often found in plants. Some examples include dark green leafy vegetables, fortified nut milk, orange juice, tofu made with calcium sulfate, nuts, bok choy, broccoli, collards, cabbage, okra, mustard greens amongst others commonly consumed foods by vegans.
So the next time you want a hefty dose of calcium opt for the leafy greens instead of a glass of milk.