Bone up on calcium

June 21, 2007

Calcium is the essential mineral in bones and teeth. Peak bone mass occurs in the early 20s, so getting enough calcium during childhood and adolescence is imperative. The best way to receive enough calcium is through diet. When diet does not provide enough of the mineral, the body draws on the calcium stored in bone to maintain adequate blood levels.

Here are some tips for a lifetime of healthy bones:
--Consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or other dairy products.
--Eat calcium fortified foods and beverages.
--Be physically active with weight-bearing exercise.

Visit http://www.3aday.org for recipes and http://www.eatright.org for more calcium information.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009