Dairy Sources of Calcium
Calcium in Dairy Foods
Calcium builds strong bones and teeth, and is essential for blood clotting, muscle function and nerve transmission. Calcium deficiency can cause weak bones (osteoporosis in women after menopause), unhealthy teeth and a risk of high blood pressure. Dairy foods (eg. milk, cheese, yogurt) supply a range of essential vitamins and minerals. A well as calcium, they are rich source of vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 and B12, plus vitamin A, complete protein and zinc. These nutrients in dairy food support healthy growth, strong bones and teeth, and help prevent osteoporosis among post-menopausal women and the elderly. Live "bio" yogurt is associated with improved digestion, improved immune system and helps prevent urinary tract infections. For people with lactase deficiency who cannot digest lactose in milk, please see Calcium in Lactose-Free Foods
Table 1. Dairy Food Sources of Calcium
Note: Calcium Adequate Intake (AI) for adults 19-50, is 1,000 mg/day.
Source: Nutrient values from Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 17.
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