Remedies

If a person is suffering from Calcium deficiency, he can follow certain home remedies.

The following are good sources of calcium.

1. Dairy products.

2. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, celery, fenugreek etc are good sources of calcium and should be consumed in abundance.

3. Ragi is another rich source of calcium.

4. Sesame seeds. Sesame seeds can be consumed along with salads or in the form of sesame sweets (the traditional south indian ellunda or til ke laddoo).

5. Taking a walk in the sun in the morning as early morning sunlight is good for the production of Vitamin D which in turn helps in the synthesis of Calcium in our body.

Certain food items inhibit the absorption of calcium in the body. That is not to say that one should give up these food items but practicing moderation and being aware of certain facts can help the individual to get the maximum benefit.

Drinking tea and coffee Tannins are substances found in tea which can bind with calcium in the intestine, therefore decreasing its absorption.

Caffeine-containing beverage consumption has been reported to be associated with reduced bone mass and increased fracture risk in some, but not most, observational studies. The negative effect of caffeine on calcium absorption can be offset by an increased consumption of calcium rich food.

However, it is better to consume beverages containing caffeine an hour or so after meals.

Chocolates-Chocolate contains oxalate a naturally occurring compound in cocoa beans which can inhibit the absorption of calcium. Calcium binds to oxalate in your intestines, limiting its absorption into your bloodstream. People with oxalate kidney stones, which could occur when there is too much oxalate in the urine, should limit the amount of oxalate in their diets. But if you get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D from food or supplements, and practice weight-bearing exercise, eating chocolate in moderation is unlikely to adversely affect your bone health.