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Supplement Spotlight: Calcium for Better Bones

At a Glance: Your body uses calcium for blood clotting, nerve conduction, cell division, and other important functions. In fact, calcium is so vital that if the body doesn't receive enough from your diet, it will start pulling it from your bones.

The Best Sources

When people talk about calcium, they usually talk about dairy products. But dairy is often loaded with saturated fat, which you probably don't want for a number of reasons. Don't be discouraged though – it turns out that dairy isn't the only way to get your daily dose of calcium.

Some great sources of calcium are actually fresh vegetables, including leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collards. Certain types of fish can be good sources – canned sardines and salmon, for example. Many foods are fortified with calcium, such as certain breakfast cereals and some juices.

Necessary Nutrients

If you aren't getting enough calcium in your diet (and let's face it, kale is in right now, but difficult to eat every day), you should look for a quality calcium supplement such as Active Calcium™ or Active Calcium™ Chewable.

These supplements include plenty of vitamin D, which promotes calcium absorption and helps build strong bones. Both of these supplements also contain magnesium, an essential nutrient that plays a key role in the bone remodeling process. In addition, it helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. Active Calcium also comes complete with vitamin K, which influences the rate of mineralization of the bone matrix. Overall, it's good news for your bones.

It is also very important to be doing some weight bearing and resistance training, and walking every day. Unfortunately, exercise is not found in a bottle in order to supplement what may be lacking in your life.

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