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How Essential is Calcium for the Health & Wellbeing?


During childhood, we used to sing an Arabic lullaby, which can be loosely translated to "Oh sweet babies, drink milk, for health and strength. Ask the doctor." Did you wonder why milk? And what health benefits led our mothers to emphasize on drinking milk? 



The greatest benefit of milk is calcium, as calcium isn't just the only contributing factor in strengthening your bones and teeth, but it's an essential element to your body to perform several functions such as regulating blood circulation, controlling muscles, managing hormones and translating messages from the brain and the nervous system to the rest of the body to operate properly and in a healthily manner. We also want to note the importance of vitamin D, which complements the absorption of calcium in the body, according to what the Ministry of Health mentioned in the national campaign to raise awareness of osteoporosis. 


Why is calcium important? 

With benefits mentioned above, can you imagine the consequences of Calcium deficiency? It affects all parts of the body, such as bone injury and irregular heart rate that can contribute to serious complications!

According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Health in its national campaign to raise awareness of osteoporosis in children, it was found that only 1 out of 10 female children, and 1 out of every 4 male children between the ages of 9-13 years meets the minimum recommended calcium intake.

Therefore, achieving such balance in your body requires a diet that secures your daily need, which is calculated based on age and gender. 

And as we all realize calcium is not produced within our bodies, but rather it is consumed through food, such as dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and milk. It also can be found in leafy vegetables, sardines and salmon.

In addition to any product fortified with calcium, which is often found in soy products, milk substitutes and juices.