Recently I attended a really interesting eSeminar on ‘Calcium’ organised by the British Nutrition Foundation and thought I would share it with you.
Firstly I would like to rave about eSeminars. I’ve logged into two so far and the really good thing about them is there is no travelling, and you can take part from the comfort of your own home, you just need a PC and a good broadband link. There was a couple of technical hitches but they were only minor and Michelle the facilitator was always on hand to sort out any problems.
The Calcium presentation was delivered by Dr G Goldberg who talked about sources of calcium, metabolism and gave a fascinating insight into primary research conducted in Gambia. Here are some of the key points about calcium:
- All cells require calcium to stay viable.
- It is essential for teeth and bone growth.
- Insufficient amounts may lead to a low bone mineral density, which may have implications for bone health, and increase the risk of osteoporosis, in later life.
- Plays a key role in muscle contraction, including cardiac muscle contraction, neurotransmitter secretion, digestion and blood clotting.
Dietary sources of Calcium include:
- Fish bones
- Fortified foods such as cereal and bread
- Pulses, nuts and seeds
- Leafy green vegetables
- Dried fruit and juice
At the seminar we were introduced to the ‘baobab’ fruit that comes from the Africa and is said to have three times as much vitamin C as an orange, 50% more calcium than spinach and is a good source of antioxidants. Its also high in fibre and potassium. Although the fruit is not available in the UK I have found the powdered version and can report that its a tasty addition to my breakfast smoothy. http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/minvita-baobab-superfruit-powder-60094130
For more information on the baobab fruit check this out: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/the-tree-of-life-and-its-super-fruit-869737.html