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10 Fruits Rich in Calcium

January 17, 2013




By Dr. Edward F. Group;

As you’re likely aware, calcium is an absolutely essential mineral that helps support development of healthy teeth, bones, muscles, and much more. Calcium plays an integral role in the secretion of a number of hormones and enzymes that are vital for your body to function efficiently. As such, it’s important to get adequate calcium; dietary is best but supplementation may also be necessary for many people. Research has repeatedly discovered relationships between calcium deficiency and serious illness such as osteoporosis. Getting enough calcium is a goal everyone needs to be consciously working to achieve.

If you’re trying to adopt (or already have adopted) vegan or vegetarian dietary habits then you may be looking for alternatives to the dairy and meat products that are often mistakenly considered to be the only food sources of calcium available. We’re all aware that fresh organic fruits provide many beneficial nutrients but you may be surprised to learn that, for a number of fruits, calcium is one of those nutrients.


Why Do We Need Calcium?

Calcium is frequently associated with healthy skeletal health and that association is accurate. However, calcium is needed by the body for much more and calcium deficiency can cause more problems than weak bones and teeth.

Research has established that a low dietary intake of calcium is a risk factor for developing high blood pressure. Conversely, increased dietary calcium intake has been shown to help lower blood pressure in persons with hypertension. [1]

Oddly enough, the Department of Chemical Pathology at Dumfries and Galloway District Hospital in the United Kingdom has published information that shows calcium deficiency to be a cause of rickets. [2]

10 Fruits High in Calcium

Making conscious eating decisions is important if you’re going to meet your daily nutritional requirements, it won’t happen by accident. With this comes a thin line between routinely getting the nutrients you need, without it being too routine. If you’re eating the same thing every single day, you’re going to get bored. Here are ten delicious fruits you can alternate between that are great sources of calcium, not to mention other nutrients!

1. Oranges and Tangerines

Loaded with 43 mg of the recommended 1,000 to 2,000 mg daily intake for the average person, oranges and tangerines also contain a powerful dose of vitamin C and that makes them an excellent choice.


2. Dried Apricots

As if their delicious taste wasn’t enough, dried apricots contain 5mg of calcium in a 100g serving. A perfect choice for everyone, but especially hikers, bikers, and campers.


3. Kiwi

This tropical fruit looks rejuvenating because it is. Kiwi provides 34 mg of calcium per 100g serving. To put that into perspective, a single cup contains 60 mg.


4. Dates

Dates are a tasty treat and each date contains around 15 mg of calcium.


5. Dried Figs

Dried figs may be the best fruit source of calcium there is? At 241 mg of calcium per cup and 13 mg per each individual fig, on average, a small serving of dried figs can go a long way in achieving the goal of adequate calcium intake.


6. Rhubarb

A New York court decided in 1947 that rhubarb, then labeled a vegetable, could be considered a fruit. Despite the identity crisis, what’s solid is rhubarb as a calcium source, containing 348 mg of calcium in a single cup.

7. Prickly Pears

An exotic treat, prickly pears, also known as red tunas, contain 58 mg of calcium per each pear.


8. Prunes

In addition to aiding the colon, prunes (specifically dried prunes) can offer up 75 mg of calcium in a single cup.


9. Mulberries

Mulberries are not sold in many grocery stores and can be hard to find. It’s a shame too, they contain up to 55 mg calcium in 1 cup. If you can find them, try them, they’re great!


10. Kumquats


Kumquats have a rich flavor, are high in vitamins A and C, and contain up to 12 mg of calcium. These little power pellets can be a great boost.

Getting Enough Calcium is Essential

Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake positively impacts your bone health by providing the micronutrients that are absolutely essential for healthy bone formation and potent, antioxidant phytochemicals that resist inflammation. Develop a healthy rotation habitually enjoying the fruits on this list, organic when possible, and not only will you experience the benefits of getting enough calcium, but also the other health benefits that accompany a diet rich in fresh fruits. 


Your question: Do you eat any of these calcium rich fruits? (post your comments below)

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  • "1,801 Home Remedies: Trustworthy Treatments for Everyday Health Problems"; Reader's Digest; 2004
  • "Jude's Herbal Home Remedies"; Jude C. Williams, Jude Todd; 2002


  • Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/132856-natural-homemade-cough-remedies-suppressants/#ixzz2CXAWUfcW
    1. Pörsti I, Mäkynen H. Dietary calcium intake: effects on central blood pressure control. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8588115
    2. Ramasamy I. Inherited disorders of calcium homeostasis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1847423
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  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Cough
  • "Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine"; Effect of Honey, Dextromethorphan, and No Treatment on Nocturnal Cough and Sleep Quality for Coughing Children and Their Parents
  • "Natural, Alternative and Complementary Health Care Practices"; Roxana Huebscher, Pamela A. Shuler; 2004
  • "1,801 Home Remedies: Trustworthy Treatments for Everyday Health Problems"; Reader's Digest; 2004
  • "Jude's Herbal Home Remedies"; Jude C. Williams, Jude Todd; 2002

  • Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/132856-natural-homemade-cough-remedies-suppressants/#ixzz2CXAWUfcW
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    About the Author: Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.


    Read More: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com

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