If you’re vegan or vegetarian you’ve probably been asked “But where do you get your calcium?!” Luckily the calcium gang is here to help with vegan calcium sources!
Our body needs calcium to keep the bones strong and dense. More than 90% of the body’s calcium is stored in bones and teeth. The bones are used as a “warehouse.”
Calcium is essential for bones as well as muscle function. If the body suffers from nutritional deficiency, it takes calcium from the bones. This makes your bones less dense and more fragile (may lead to Osteoporosis).
Good vegan calcium sources include soy products and some legumes, seeds, and nuts. Leafy green vegetables (like turnip greens and kale) and cruciferous vegetables (like cabbage and broccoli) contain less calcium, but they make up for it with high absorption rates. Calcium-fortified products like orange juice, cereals, and plant-based milks can also help you reach the recommended calcium intake.
We have a printed version of the calcium sources as a poster!