Does Almond Milk have as much calcium as Dairy Milk?

December 4th, 2010 by Leave a reply »

Calcium is the major component of teeth, and skeletal structure in human beings. There are several roles for calcium to play in human body including signaling nerves, causing muscles to relax, or contract, helping the blood to clot, ensuring rhythmic heart beat, and monitoring presence of some hormones. Apart from these, the body uses calcium to fight acidic substances, as calcium is alkaline, and therefore it forms salts, effectively nullifying the corrosive effect that acidic substances can have on the body’s tissues.

An average adult human being requires approximately 644 to 1000 mg of calcium every day. This requirement actually differs based on the individual’s weight. Therefore, calcium requirement can be defined more accurately in relation to weight of the individual. Approximately 9.21mg of calcium is essential every day for every kilogram of the person’s weight. This requirement again comes down with age because after 19 years, calcium requirement for forming bones decreases.

Dairy products are a major source of this mineral as are a few other milks like almond milk, and soymilk. The body also gleans calcium from vegetables such as broccoli, and green vegetables. Almonds, in particular are a great source of calcium. About 23 almonds contain as much as 75 mgs of calcium. Therefore, almond milk serving (approximately 8 oz) can provide almost 30 percent of human body’s daily calcium needs. In contrast, one cup of dairy milk may have about 296 mg of calcium.

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