Cow’s milk is also too high in phosphorus, and there is not enough magnesium. Pasteurization binds calcium to phosphorous, forming calcium phosphate, which is difficult to assimilate. It also destroys the nutrients that help calcium assimilation. This means that your body does not absorb the calcium in milk.
Cross-cultural data shows that most populations of the world have a lower intake of calcium than the United States and yet have lower rates of osteoporosis. There is no standard adequate calcium intake as it varies from culture to culture. All Americans, except for infants and young men, consume far less than the recommended calcium RDA.3
Also, as our vitamin D levels drop in the winter, so do our blood calcium levels.
The typical American diet that is high in meats (protein), refined grains (fat), sugar and soft drinks (high in phosphorus) leads to high acidity levels in the body. This leaches calcium and other minerals from the bones. See diet for osteoporosis.
Best Foods Containing Calcium
- Organic yogurt
- Canned sardines
- Canned pink salmon with bones
- Broth made from bones with lemon juice added to extract more calcium
Best Vegetarian Sources of Calcium
- Dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, collard greens, beet greens, dandelion greens, turnip greens, Chinese cabbage, kale)
- Raw almonds
- Brussel sprouts
- Black olives
- Hijiki, wakame and arame sea weed
- Sesame seeds
- Black strap organic molasses
- Brewers yeast