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Calcium and Vitamin D Your Body Can Rely On

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Throughout our lives, calcium and vitamin D are necessary for many of our body's vital functions.

Milk products: One of the most reliable sources of calcium

Milk products are considered to be some of the best sources of calcium as they contain large quantities of it and it is well absorbed by our bodies.

In addition, since calcium is found naturally in milk, it is evenly distributed within the milk container1,2. Therefore, the calcium from milk doesn’t sink to the bottom of the container the way it can when it’s added to other beverages, such as soy beverages. That makes milk a very reliable source of calcium.

Vitamin D: Unsuspected benefits

Vitamin D is necessary to help your body absorb and use the calcium found in the foods you eat. For this reason, it plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy bones.

According to recent studies, vitamin D may also contribute to the prevention of colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes.

Did you know that not all calcium-rich foods are created equal? Learn more about calcium bioavailability and why it matters. 

See how much calcium you’re getting and make a plan to eat better by using the Calcium Calculator™ app. Download it from the App Store or get it on Google Play

Sources

1. Heaney RP and Raffery K. The settling problem in calcium-based soybean drinks. (Letter) J Am Diet Assoc 2006;11:1753.

2. Heaney RP et al. Not all calcium-fortified beverages are equal. Nutr Today 2005;40:39-44.

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