11 Non Dairy High Calcium Food Sources

Calcium is known for playing an important role in bone development, healing and growth. The most commonly known foods that have calcium are unfortunately found in dairy, which a lot of people don’t consume either because they are lactose intolerant, vegan, or just out of habit.

Vitamin D is required by the body to absorb calcium. A half hour in the sun would normally provide sufficient Vitamin Ds for the body to absorb calcium. Vitamin D supplements are also used as an alternative.

Calcium is poorly absorbed by people eating a high protein diet.

The following are non-dairy sources of high calcium per 8oz cup.

  1. Canned salmon, sardines or mackerel with bones. (440mg to 569mg)
  2. Black strap molasses. (2,820mg)
  3. Cooked turnip greens, kale, brocolli or mustard greens. (450mg)
  4. Cooked bok choy. (330mg)
  5. Nori (1,200mg)
  6. Kombu (2,100mg)
  7. Wakame (3,500mg)
  8. Agar-agar (1,000mg)
  9. Tapioca (dried) (300mg)
  10. Almonds (750mg)
  11. Sesame Seeds (whole unhulled) (2,100mg)

Adults require about 1,000 to 1,200 mg per day.

References:

Non Dairy Sources of Calcium

Calcium Absorption

 

 

 

 

 

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