This Vital Mineral Helps Strengthen Bones, Teeth

Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is found in some foods, added to others, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids).

Approximately 99% of the body’s calcium supply is stored in the bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and function.  Bone itself undergoes continuous remodeling, with calcium being deposited into new bone.  This process is most active in children and teens and it slows with age.

Milk, yogurt and cheese are rich natural sources of calcium and are the major food contributors of calcium to people in the U.S. Non-dairy sources include vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, kale and broccoli.  Foods fortified with calcium include many fruit juices, tofu and cereals.

Your doctor can tell you whether you need to take additional calcium in supplement form and, if so, the correct amount.

Source: National Institutes of Health