Re­search-backed ad­vice to help you con­sume suf­fi­cient amounts of this min­eral.

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By now, we’re all up to speed on the cal­cium’s im­pact on bone den­sity. But as doc­tors look more closely at what other ben­e­fits cal­cium de­liv­ers to the body, and es­pe­cially to a fit woman, they’re pretty ex­cited about its im­pres­sive ros­ter of achieve­ments. The min­eral helps main­tain proper mus­cle func­tion, aids weight loss, and also car­ries the ca­pac­ity to pre­vent se­ri­ous ill­nesses, can­cer in­cluded.

But many of us strug­gle to find ways to ac­tu­ally con­sume the rec­om­mended di­etary al­lowance of 1,000mg a day, es­pe­cially those who don’t eat dairy. As a re­sult, half of adult women aren’t get­ting enough. And tak­ing cal­cium in sup­ple­ment form has been linked to pos­si­ble health is­sues, such as heart dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion. So what’s the so­lu­tion? In­cor­po­rate the ex­pert-driven ad­vice here, and you’ll work enough cal­cium into your diet to get stronger, fit­ter, and for­ti­fied.

You know it as the bone builder, but here is cal­cium’s full healthy hot list: It strength­ens your mus­cles, helps you slim down, and may even pre­vent can­cer. Up your in­take this World Os­teo­poro­sis Day (Oct 20).

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