Which vegetables contain calcium? Do our bodies absorb more of this calcium than the calcium in milk?
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and serves several important functions for us. The most commonly known role is that of supporting bone health. Other lesser known roles include aiding muscle contraction, blood vessel function and nerve function.
So important is this key nutrient that it was called out as one of the “nutrients of concern” in the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans because public health problems are associated with low intakes. The good news is that if you are aware of sources, other than the obvious dairy, you will have many choices to help you keep your intake up.
The following vegetables are considered dietary sources of calcium: spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, kale, white beans, okra, soybeans, beet greens and Chinese cabbage.
According to the Dietary Reference Intakes from the
So, help “bone-up” on your calcium with veggies and beans! Click here for other important nutrients that fruits and vegetables provide—along with great flavor, of course!