Foods to Eat and Avoid with Osteoporosis

Calcium-Rich Foods

Inadequate amounts of calcium in the body give room for osteoporosis to develop, so it is a no-brainer that patients need to up their intake of this mineral to treat the condition. Calcium helps to strengthen and improve the quality of your bones and teeth. It also encourages heart health, improves the nervous system, and allows wounds to heal faster.

Reports have shown that the majority of people are not taking the daily recommended amount of calcium, putting many at risk of developing osteoporosis. When the body doesn’t get the required amount of calcium it needs, it takes from the bones to perform other functions that it is needed for. This leaves your bones weak and prone to breaks and fractures.

Excellent sources of calcium that can help you meet the daily requirements are:

  • Dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, and calcium-fortified cottage cheese)
  • Fish (salmon and sardines)
  • Nuts (almonds and Brazil nuts)
  • Enriched cereals
  • Enriched orange juice
  • Green leafy vegetables (broccoli, kale, collard greens, dried figs, turnip greens, and mustard greens)

These are dietary sources of the mineral. If you are unable to get the RDI through foods, you should consult your health practitioner for supplementation recommendations.