Whilst 99% of the calcium found in our bodies is found in our bones, a small amount is absorbed into the blood where it’s essential for the healthy functioning of the heart, muscles, blood and nerves.
Calcium in our diet is an important factor in healthy ageing.
Less than half of all Australian adults get their daily recommended intake of calcium.
What can affect our calcium absorption?
We don’t absorb all the calcium that we consume from food and drink. However certain factors can lead to very low absorption levels and should be discussed with your doctor, for example:
Tips for increasing calcium intake
Calcium content in food varies significantly, so it´s important to aim to eat 'calcium rich' foods.
Three serves of dairy can help you achieve your calcium requirements, for example, 250ml milk + 200g tub yoghurt + 40g slice cheese.