Dr. Carolyn Dean, an authority on mineral-health, argues that we should never supplement with calcium. Calcium is over-abundant in most Western diets.
If you’re a dairy consumer, if you eat fortified foods or drink fortified juices, your calcium intake is probably already too high.
What is too high? When calcium exceeds magnesium by 2:1 or more, it’s in excess, and you'll experience symptoms of magnesium deficiency, which are not fun. Think sleeplessness, muscle pain, headaches, irritability and more.
The key message here: don’t assume you need to supplement with calcium. Most Canadians are getting more than enough - and it may be wrecking their health.
If you're free of dairy and calcium fortified foods, then you may need high-quality calcium from plant foods.
Notice I didn't say you may need calcium from supplements. That's because it's simple to get enough calcium from plant foods - and arguably much healthier.
What plants are rich in calcium? Well, beans and cooked greens rank high. These are also good sources of magnesium - calcium’s indispensable partner.
Until recently, you’d probably never heard of what may be the best plant source of calcium in the world. Just 10 grams of SuperLeaf Moringa provides over 150 mg of calcium. That's 14x the calcium of cow's milk.
You may actually need less than you think. In North America, where the dairy industry is massively influential, we're advised to get 1,000 mg of calcium or more daily. Yet the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for just 400 mg, and in the UK, citizens are advised to aim for 700 mg.
People with healthy lifestyles can often aim for the lower end of the calcium range. If you:
That's because unhealthy lifestyle factors leach the body's calcium stores.
So, if you fit the bill above, two servings of SuperLeaf Moringa will get you very close to the WHO's recommended 400 mg per day of calcium.
As a natural, plant source of calcium, we know Moringa is well-utilized. It also boasts an incredibly rich nutrient profile on other counts: Moringa is loaded with vitamins A, B and E, potassium, iron, amino acids, a host of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Can you say the same about milk?
If you eat dairy or fortified foods, consider making a switch. Use SuperLeaf Moringa instead, and let us know how you feel. We’re willing to bet you feel fantastic!
When you purchase SuperLeaf Moringa from retailers across Canada or from our online store, you’re supporting the work of Organics 4 Orphans (O4O) in some of the world’s poorest countries. We donate 100% of our profits after business expenses to O4O. Learn more here.