Life of a Vegan part 5: Strong Bones

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by Shari´ Parks

Another question I get all the time is about calcium consumption. No dairy products means weak bones right? Where do vegan’s get their calcium? Aren’t you afraid off fragile bones? I refer them to the 12year Harvard study of 78,000 women. Those that drank cow’s milk 3times a day actually broke more bones than women who rarely drank it. Dairy products do contain calcium, but that’s accompanied by animal proteins, lactose sugar, animal growth factors and contaminants. Just to name a few.

The most healthful calcium sources are green leafy vegetables and legumes. Brussel sprouts, collards, kale, swiss chard and other greens are loaded and have high absorbable calcium levels. Beans have more than 100 milligrams of calcium; particularly in a plate of baked beans. They also contain magnesium which your body uses along with calcium to build bones. Another fun fact is vitamin D controls the body’s use of calcium. So get out into the sunlight.

Ways to Keep Calcium:

* Get protein from plants. Animal sources tend to leach calcium from the bones and it goes directly to the urine.
* Avoid excess salt. Calcium passes through the kidneys into urine. Sodium in your foods can greatly increase calcium loss through kidneys.
* Exercise. Keeps the bones strong. Active people tend to keep calcium in their bones.

Source: Vegan Health & Fitness, Fall 2012 edition.

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