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What is your paleo calcium strategy?

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Created June 03, 2011 at 6:06 AM

Do you avoid or seek out calcium? What do you eat to reach your goals?

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on June 03, 2011
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the bones in skate wings are particularly good and readily digestible

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As long as it has the bones in it your getting good calcium. I personally choke down the bones only cause I know they are good for me!

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And when I say I don't worry about it, its because calcium beyond a certain level seems to be either neutral or bad for bone health. K2, magnesium, vitamin d, etc. are all very important for bone health.

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535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

on June 03, 2011
at 07:20 AM

I try to eat sardines somewhat often. However I don't think this is a really sustainable option in regards to achieving RDV's.

I plan on supplementing with Bone broth very soon, however it is hard to quantify how much calcium one recieves from this!

I have never thought about avoiding calcium, any information to share?

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on June 03, 2011
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I was never much of a milk drinker, but have been making and drinking kefir lately and really liking it. Most of the lactose has been fermented away so it's low-carb and ok for the lactose intolerant (which I'm not).

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on June 03, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I take bone meal for calcium along with transdermal magnesium, fermented cod liver oil & pasture butter

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on June 03, 2011
at 03:07 PM

I don't seek it out. I eat a lot of greens, some dairy products (mostly cream and butter though), and bone broths and sardines somewhat regularly. Even including these good calcium sources and eating an otherwise balanced, highly-nutritious whole foods diet, I don't end up reaching my RDA most days I track my nutrients. So my conclusion is I don't need as much as they are telling me.

I supplement vitamin D in the winter, get my sun in the warmer months, and do plenty of load-bearing exercise. I think those things are more important for bone health than supplementing calcium, or eating large enough amounts of calcium-rich foods to get the RDA.

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:46 PM

Recently. Lots of H-D Ice cream.

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:21 AM

I've been taking Calcium supplements for years (female, pushing 50, osetoporosis in the family, allergic to dairy since 15 years old). However, since going Paleo (~3 mo), I stopped the supplements a couple of weeks ago. Also read something linking them directly to cancer. I've just started eating sardines for the Omega 3s, didn't think about the Calcium, that's a plus.

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:42 AM

As long as it has the bones in it your getting good calcium. I personally choke down the bones only cause I know they are good for me!

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:54 AM

the bones in skate wings are particularly good and readily digestible

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the responses to PersonMan's numerous posts on the subject make interesting reading

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 03, 2011
at 10:42 AM

Mineral water gets me tons of calcium. I can easily hit the RDA. However, I do think the RDA is too high and that eating bone broths and/or sardines regularly should get you plenty of calcium. Its really not something I worry about though.

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on June 03, 2011
at 10:43 AM

And when I say I don't worry about it, its because calcium beyond a certain level seems to be either neutral or bad for bone health. K2, magnesium, vitamin d, etc. are all very important for bone health.

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on June 03, 2011
at 05:08 PM

I've noticed that I get cardiac arrhythmias if I don't supplement with calcium. Anyone who eats cheese every day is probably fine. Presumably we historically got calcium and magnesium from drinking out of streams, though I haven't done much research into what the actual Ca and Mg content is in these sources.

I take 400mg of calcium in the morning and 400mg of magnesium at night. I try to sequester the calcium from dense sources of minerals such as meat and liver since it tends to decrease bioavailability of various things.

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