Wednesday, June 12, 2013

8 Foods that Can Actually Add Years to Your Life

The hunt for the elixir of life may not be as fleeting as you think. While it's unlikely anyone is going to stumble across a magic potion that will let us live forever, there are pills and potions that can help prolong our life. One of those pills is a tiny innocent one you hear about all the time, although you probably have no idea how powerful it is: calcium! Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study reports that 1,000mg of calcium a day may not only fight osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, but tack priceless time onto their lives. It doesn't matter where the calcium comes from or whether or not it includes vitamin D. So whether your calcium comes from dairy, alternative sources, or supplements, it's a good idea for women to make sure they're meeting the appropriate recommendations. Here are 8 ideas for calcium-rich foods. -By Heather Neal

Milk! The go-to source of calcium for most kids and some adults alike. You can even try almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk- most are fortified with calcium.

Cheese No surprise here, but cheese is a yummy way to get your daily dose of calcium. Choose stronger flavored cheeses to make a bigger impact on your tastes buds without loading up on calories.

Beans & Seeds Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews all have calcium. So do seeds like sesame and sunflower seeds. Increase your intake of nuts and seeds by using nut butters, hazelnut hummus, or sunflower pesto.

Salmon with Bones Fish with soft bones you can eat like canned salmon and sardines will help you stock up on calcium.

Greens like kale, spinach, broccoli, bok choy, turnips, and mustard greens are a great non-dairy alternative for getting calcium.

Not only are yogurt and other cultured dairy products are good source of calcium, but they have the added benefit of probiotics, the good bacteria we need to help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Surprise! Black strap molasses contains calcium. Try using molasses instead of honey or other liquid sweeteners when baking,.

Calcium sometimes hides where you'd least expect it, like in fruit. More specfically, in figs and dried figs. Get a double dose of calcium by eating fresh figs with goat cheese and honey. 

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