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What are the benefits of calcium?



When following a fat loss plan, the most important factor is energy balance. Calories in vs calories out. When this is the primary focus, it’s understandable that sometimes other factors may be over looked. This can be the case when it comes to the vital role that micronutrients play in keeping us fit and healthy.


You could make the case that of the one of the most important micronutrients is calcium. When most people think of calcium they probably think teeth and bones. However, calcium has a number of important functions that keep us healthy.


Bone health:


Healthy bones are vital to long term and health and function. Osteoporosis can be extremely debilitating and making sure you are getting enough calcium in the diet is way to avoid this.


Skeletal muscle contraction:


Calcium plays a key role in muscle contraction. If your diet is lacking in calcium you may find your performance in the gym is affected.


Energy production:


Calcium is a mineral which plays a key role in fatty acid metabolism and the regulation of ATP production.


Fat loss:


There is evidence to suggest that those with high calcium intakes lose more fat during an energy restricted weight loss plan.


Sources:


Good sources of calcium that can easily be added into your daily diet include:

sardines, milk, Greek yoghurt, cheddar cheese, soy milk.


How much do you need?


The recommended intake for adults aged between 19 and 51 is 1000mg and 1200mg for those aged between 51 and 70.


Get in touch if you would like help on making sure your diet meets your micronutrient requirements.



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