Maintaining strong and healthy bones is crucial for overall well-being and an active lifestyle. Calcium plays a vital role in not only promoting bone strength, but is also a crucial part of supporting nerve function, blood clotting and ensuring proper muscle contraction. When the body lacks sufficient calcium, it draws from the bones, weakening them over time and increasing the risk of osteoporosis, a condition characterized by brittle and fragile bones.

Dairy products like cow’s milk and cheese have been touted as the best source of calcium for strong, healthy bones. But research shows that some foods can provide levels of calcium that exceed that of milk.

Add these 15 to your grocery list to boost your calcium intake.

  1. Sesame seeds
  2. Canned salmon and sardines (with bones)
  3. Collard greens
  4. Kale
  5. Broccoli
  6. Spinach
  7. Turnip greens
  8. Beans
  9. Lentils
  10. Chickpeas
  11. Almonds
  12. Chia seeds
  13. Flax seeds
  14. Tofu
  15. Plant-based milks

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