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Paleo-friendly sources of calcium?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Hi, I was having raw (cow's) dairy products which I thought I was handling fine even though I had experienced some digestive disorders and what appeared to be food sensitivities. I did an allergy test and it appears that I am mildly allergic to cow dairy. Goat milk was supposed to be ok (different type of casein) but after 2-3 days of eating goat yogurt I notice I have a stuffy nose and post-nasal drip so it appears that goat milk is also a problem.

I'm looking for alternative good sources of calcium. I'm allergic to almonds and I don't quite picture myself eating canned sardines everyday. Leafy greens are a good source but some also contain oxalic acid that binds with calcium and therefore makes it unavailable for the body. I'm ok with bone broths and nourishing herbal infusions.

Anybody tried homemade eggshell calcium powder (I'm mildly allergic to chicken eggs but the shell is 100% calcium and I'm about to get some duck eggs delivered which have a thicker shell) ? http://nourishedmagazine.com.au/blog/articles/how-to-make-calcium-using-egg-shells

What about those bone meal tablets? Anybody using them?

Any other suggestions?

Vitamin D (cod liver oil) plays a role in calcium absorption but I read that if you don't already have enough calcium in your body to start with, it will be taken from your bones & teeth.

Thank you for your precious help.

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Allergy tests are wildly unreliable.

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:02 PM

I second this answer. If I drink 3 liters of Vittel I already have 60% of the RDA, and I eat tons of broccoli every day, so I'm well over 100%. I'm sorry to say my water is stored in plastic bottles though, but when my candida is gone (today is my first day of paleo, I already love it, ate a giant piece of lean beef and I have more energy than ever, I feel like going outside right now), I'll switch to more environmental-friendly stuff.

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on April 25, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Thanks I'll look inside the book.

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on April 25, 2011
at 01:19 PM

Alchemille-check out Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. There's lots of information on bone broths there.

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on April 25, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Interesting...What about the cactus pears?

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on April 25, 2011
at 04:00 AM

Do you know at least how much broth they need to take daily (cups/ml)? Thanks.

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on April 25, 2011
at 03:43 AM

I have no idea, but it is a traditionally recommended food for older women in China.

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on April 25, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Do you know how much calcium one can get from bone broth?

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on April 25, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Thanks, I'll read the article.

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on April 25, 2011
at 12:27 AM

Thank you Mari, I'll check it out (I hope I got the answer thing right this time).

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on April 25, 2011
at 12:12 AM

Are you asking me? You can leave a comment on the original answer. I like Gerolsteiner, and it says it on the bottle.

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on April 24, 2011
at 11:54 PM

this article about calcium really helped me when i started adjusting my diet, perhaps it will you too:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/calcium-for-women/

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on April 25, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Thanks, I'll read the article.

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on April 25, 2011
at 03:39 AM

Nopales or cactus has a lot of calcium

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on April 25, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Interesting...What about the cactus pears?

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on April 25, 2011
at 03:03 AM

Homemade bone broth

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on April 25, 2011
at 03:43 AM

I have no idea, but it is a traditionally recommended food for older women in China.

427c8cbb9c2492d74b887fc5cf7a8ce0

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on April 25, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Thanks I'll look inside the book.

427c8cbb9c2492d74b887fc5cf7a8ce0

(432)

on April 25, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Do you know how much calcium one can get from bone broth?

427c8cbb9c2492d74b887fc5cf7a8ce0

(432)

on April 25, 2011
at 04:00 AM

Do you know at least how much broth they need to take daily (cups/ml)? Thanks.

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on April 25, 2011
at 01:19 PM

Alchemille-check out Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. There's lots of information on bone broths there.

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on April 25, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Thank you Mari, I'll check it out (I hope I got the answer thing right this time).

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on April 24, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Do you have a favorite brand of mineral water? In France the nutritional infos for water are clearly labeled on the bottle. It the US, the don't tell you.

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on April 25, 2011
at 12:27 AM

Thank you Mari, I'll check it out (I hope I got the answer thing right this time).

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on April 25, 2011
at 12:12 AM

Are you asking me? You can leave a comment on the original answer. I like Gerolsteiner, and it says it on the bottle.

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on April 24, 2011
at 11:41 PM

Mineral water. It would've been our ancestors' source for nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and lithium. If I drink two bottles, I get 74 percent of the RDA, which is probably overstated anyway. I think it's pretty bioavailable too, but I have to admit that I haven't read too much on it. Calcium from dairy isn't well absorbed though, and calcium from leafy greens is sometimes tied up with oxalates, like you mentioned. Sardines and bone broth are really the only other sources I know of.

Bonus! It's usually packaged in glass, so you get to avoid the bpa and estrogenic compounds found in plastic.

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:02 PM

I second this answer. If I drink 3 liters of Vittel I already have 60% of the RDA, and I eat tons of broccoli every day, so I'm well over 100%. I'm sorry to say my water is stored in plastic bottles though, but when my candida is gone (today is my first day of paleo, I already love it, ate a giant piece of lean beef and I have more energy than ever, I feel like going outside right now), I'll switch to more environmental-friendly stuff.

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