We all know that calcium is essential for bone and teeth health, but I wonder how many people know that calcium is also vital for a healthy heart, circulatory system, healthy muscle tissue, blood, and skin?
Not many, I would venture to say. We all have also heard through the advertising from dairy companies, that we should drink 3 glasses at least, of milk every day to obtain this important nutrient. If the milk was a raw food product, instead of pasteurized, I might agree. However the milk that most people drink would actually kill the calf, if he drank it! I have decided to help bring awareness about how to obtain this important mineral from raw foods, which you can take that will help you absorb this vital nutrient, and finally, deficiency symptoms that could mean a lack of calcium.
Calcium can be found in raw foods such as carrots, carob flour, green leafy vegetables such as kale, mustard greens, collards, parsley, turnip greens, beet greens, and dandelion greens, for the adventurous. Legumes such as sprouted lentils are also a good raw food source, and fresh string beans give an ample supply of calcium. Nuts such as almonds, filberts, and brazil nuts are an excellent raw food source of calcium. Blackstrap molasses is very high in this important nutrient. One way to consume this is to simply put a tablespoon in a half cup of warm water, and enjoy. Sea vegetables such as arame, dulse, hijiki, kelp, and wakame are also good sources, and add an many other trace minerals as well. Sesame and sunflower seeds are another raw food source of calcium. For those who enjoy fruits, (and who does not?) Persimmons, contracts, figs, and blackberries, to name a few, also provide a most enjoyable way of getting your calcium. For a better understanding of which raw foods have calcium, check out the chart directory on my site. It's free.
To help your body absorb calcium, Vitamins A, C, D, F, and iron are complementary vitamins, although I have heard not to take vitamin C and calcium at the same time. All of these course can be obtained from raw foods; check out the chart directory. Minerals that help you absorb calcium are magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and silicon. The sources for these minerals are best found from raw foods, especially in the case of vitamin A, as you can not get the toxicity symptoms from the raw food sources, as you can from the animal sources. The amino acid lysine is helpful, as well as getting exercise, and sunshine are also helpful to absorb calcium.
Finally, you may be deficient in calcium if you have arm & leg numbness, brittle fingernails, eczema, fragile bones, headaches, heart palpitation, hypertension, insomnia, irritability, muscle cramps, nervousness, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, rickets, or tooth decay.
To learn more about calcium, what other raw food sources there are (there are a lot), what inhibits your absorption, and what the therapeutic uses are, check out my website for free info. I hope this has encouraged you to see that we can obtain all the calcium we need from living raw foods.