Part of bone structure – frame that holds the body upright and attachment points for muscle
Calcium bank – source of the mineral when there is a drop in blood calcium
Involve in muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve functioning, blood clotting and blood pressure
(Whitney et. al., 2014, p. 388 and 395)

Signs of Deficiency
Stunted growth in children and osteoporosis in adults (Whitney et. al.,  2014, p. 395)

Synergistic Nutrients
Vitamin A, C, E, D, K, arginine, boron, carnosine, chromium, copper, lysine, magnesium, methionine, phosphorus, selenium (Osiecki, 2010, p. 165)

Recommended Dietary Intake (per day)
Men 19-70 years                            1,000 mg
Men > 70 years                                1,100 mg
Women 19-50 years                    1,000 mg
Women > 50 years                        1,300 mg
Pregnancy 14-18 years              1,300 mg
Pregnancy 19-50 years            1,000 mg

Upper Limits (per day)
Adults or Pregnancy                    2,500 mg
(Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, 2017)

Dietary Sources mg per 100 g
Cheese, parmesan, finely grated 1,121
Sardine, canned in water, no added salt, drained 540
Salmon, Australian, canned in brine, drained 352
Tahini, sesame seed pulp 330
Tofu (soy bean curd), firm, as purchased 320
Nut, almond, with skin 250
Fig, dried 200
Bean, soya, dried 180
Anchovy, canned in oil, drained 167
Snapper, flesh, grilled or barbecued, brushed with olive oil 163
Cod, Atlantic, dried, salted 160
Crabmeat, canned in brine, drained 154
Bean, haricot, dried 150
Nut, brazil, raw or blanched 150
Snapper, flesh, raw 123
Egg, chicken, yolk, hard-boiled 115
Seed, sunflower 100
Bean, red kidney, dried 95
Nut, pistachio, unsalted 90

(Food Standards Australia New Zealand, 2019)


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