Calcium helps to prevent obesity

June 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Health & Wellness

We all know the importance of calcium for the body, especially for our bones. Scientists have discovered a new benefit in children: can prevent obesity in adulthood.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina State say that calcium deficiency in children can have great and lasting implications. Besides affecting bone development, calcium deficiency predisposes to obesity, ScienceDaily wrote.

The study was conducted on a group of 24 newborn piglets and was based on studying the link between calcium deficiency and bone development. During the research, specialists found that many bone marrow stem cells seemed already programmed to become fat cells. Thus increases the risk of osteoporosis and obesity in adulthood.

Researchers have used pigs to study because they are like people when bone growth and nutrition


“Although it is well known the importance of calcium in the nutrition of children and teenagers, the study shows that this mineral shows a much greater importance due to bone mesenchymal stem cells. The results also show that osteoporosis should not be treated as an aging disease, but one that begins in childhood but occurs later. For me, the most important message of this study is that this mineral should be a priority in nutrition since the first days of life

, “Said Dr. Chad Stahl, author of the study.

Your child consumes enough milk?

Eating habits affecting children’s long-term health may affect bone development. But studies indicate that calcium deficiency is a common problem among children. For a healthy and harmonious development, experts recommend regular consumption of milk or dairy, to ensure the body needs of calcium.

99% of existing calcium in the body is stored in the skeleton. Products most accessible and rich in calcium are milk and dairy products. Calcium-rich sources are: green vegetables (broccoli, cabbage), fish (especially sardines), nuts, peanuts and tofu (soy cheese).

Recommended daily intake of calcium

World Health Organization recommends the following daily doses of calcium to develop and maintain a strong skeletal system:

For children:

* 0-6 months – 300-400 mg / day;

* 7-12 months – 400 mg / day;

* 1-3 years – 500 mg / day;

* 4-6 years – 600 mg / day;

* 7-9 years – 700 mg / day.

Adolescents (10-18 years) the recommended dose is 1.300 mg / day.

For women:

* 19 years-menopause – 1000 mg / day;

* Menopause – 1300 mg / day;

* During pregnancy – 1,200 mg / day;

* While breastfeeding – 1,000 mg / day.

Men aged between 19 and 65 need 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily.


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