Q & A
Question: I have autoimmune symptoms and have been told I need to take 1200 mgs of calcium & 1800 IU’s of Vitamin D per day. Any suggestions on the best, most natural supplements, and the best vegan sources for calcium? – MaryBeth
Answer: I think you’re going to be quite surprised by the information we have to share today, anyway, it’s very good to know.
I’m glad to hear they told you to add Vit D, and calcium, we believe those are super helpful, especially the Vit D, with any type of autoimmune issues going on.
Sometimes supplements can be helpful when we need to add large doses of critical nutrients our bodies lack. Here are a couple of excellent options which contain enough of both the D and the best vegan sources for calcium , but to get the dosage you need, the dose would need to be doubled…
Vital Core Nutrition You would need to double it for the right amount of the Vit D, but the calcium would only get you to 1000 mgs. But, it would be easy to add another 200 mgs of calcium through food sources, so I’ll list 21 of the best vegan sources for calcium below. But this product has an entire line up of additional vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients that are outstanding, and non-GMO.
Our feeling is that for longterm care and maintenance, it’s best to amp up the calcium in the diet. We’ve all been taught that milk is the best source of calcium, but here’s where the surprise comes in. Check out the amount of calcium found in the following plant products, and you’ll see that milk is high, but not the only, nor the best option.
NOTE: While we’re talking about animal milk, we aren’t milk drinkers at all. But for those who are, we strongly feel that if we were to drink animal milk, it must be organic (and even raw). That’s not a medical recommendation, and it’s always best to research things out before taking any advice, but based on the feedback we get daily, we’ve heard many testimonials that have givien powerful endorsements for the benefits of whole raw cow or goat milk.
Here are 21 great foods to add calcium to your diet:
Psssst: Compare the following to 1 cup of cows milk, which contains 300 mg of calcium!
- Hemp milk (1 cup contains 460 mg)
- Blackstrap Molasses (2 tablespoons contains 400 mg)
- Collard Greens (1 cup contains over 350 mg)
- Amaranth (1 cup contains 275 mg)
- Turnip Greens (1 cup contains 250 mg)
- Kale (1 cup contains 180 mg)
- Tahini (2 tablespoons contains 130 mg)
- Navy beans (1 cup contains 125 mg)
- Great northern beans (1 cup contains 120 mg)
- Figs (1/2 cup contains 120 mg)
- Raw fennel (1 medium bulb contains 115 mg)
- Broccoli (1 cup contains 95 mg)
- Almond butter (2 tablespoons contains 85 mg)
- Adzuki beans (1 cup contains 65 mg)
- Black Currants (1 cup contains 62 mg)
- Oranges (1 orange contains between 50 and 60 mg)
- Artichokes (1 medium artichoke contains 55 mg)
- Blackberries (1 cup contains 40 mg)
- Dried apricots (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)
- Dates (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)
- Roasted sesame seeds (1 oz. contains 35 mg)
There you go! Were you a little surprised by this information, please validate us and admit it, jk lol. Anyway, we hope that helps with your quest for adding the right kind of nutrients to you day, You guys are the best!!
Take care and we wish you the very best health and happiness possible!
Laurie & Tiffany