Osteoporosis and the Calcium Misconception
The Calcium Misconception
Don’t you find it strange that Osteoporosis is so common in Australia & other western countries where dairy is a staple part of their diet?? There’s good reasons for this; its because milk contains phosphorous. Phosphorous not only binds with calcium in the intestines, preventing calcium absorption, but it also leeches calcium from the body. Also a lack of sunshine is to blame as vitamin D (from sunlight) is necessary for calcium conversion. You’re better off sourcing calcium from veggies(green leafy veg, sesame paste (tahini), almonds, beans and African Mango seed extract. There is more usable calcium in brown rice and broccoli than in milk. Spirulina is one of the highest natural organic sources of calcium on the planet.
Also in countries such as China where there’s no dairy industry– there’s very little Osteoporosis. …
It just doesn’t add up?
Not only do people consume too much dairy products, believing what they are told by the advertising campaigns, many are buying strong calcium supplements in an effort to get ‘extra calcium’ to protect themselves from diseases such as osteoporosis. This does can do more harm than good.
It always seems so believable when you have doctors, teachers and even your own parents telling you to ‘drink up’.
Minimising Calcium Loss is The Key
The key to building (rebuilding) and maintaining healthy and strong bones is ‘not to maximise your calcium intake , but to minimise your calcium loss’. A plant-based diet is far superior to a carnivorous diet in this respect. I challenge you to choose a more plant-based diet, and I’m not in any way saying you should give meat up or even dairy products but just try to minimise it in your diet and see how you feel?
The choice is completely yours to make and nobody has the right to judge you for your choices, I sure as heck am not. I just want to give you the information so that you can make an informed choice.
We only need about half what has been recommended by the so called ‘experts’ The recommended amount is 900mg to 1200mg- but we only need 500mg.
Excessive amounts leads to calcification and degenerative disorders like arthritis & osteoporosis.
The standard recommended amount of calcium was set too high because it was worked out on people who followed the ‘normal’ modern diet and consumed regular amounts of animal protein, which naturally contain high amounts of phosphorous.
Fizzy drinks also contain large amounts of phosphorous , not to mention excessive amounts of refined sugar (one of the most acid-forming foods you can ingest).
So what is the Solution?
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution for everybody but we need to understand that plants can offer some of the highest sources for the majority of our nutritional needs. The closer our food is to nature (and the earth), the better off we will be health-wise. Nature truly does provide an abundance of nutrients if we only understand what these foods are.
Sources of Plant-based Calcium Summary:
- Sesame seeds
- Tahini paste
- Green leafy vegetables
- African Mango seed extract found in easy to take capsules