Poor bone health is not an automatic part of ageing. Scientists have conducted a wealth of research showing that a healthy diet and regular exercise regimes are important for good bone health. Three nutrients, in particular are needed for strong bones and teeth:
- Calcium – our bodies contain about 1kg of calcium, 99% of which is the bones and teeth. Milk and dairy products are the main source.
- Vitamin D – this is needed to help in the absorption of calcium and in the incorporation of calcium into the bones.
- Protein – both too little and too much can affect bone health. An average adult should eat around 61grammes of protein each day.
Risk of health problems from low vitamin D levels
vitamin D. Food can also be a source of vitamin D, however again many people fail to eat enough vitamin D rich food such as oily fish, eggs and fortified spreads or cereals.
Researchers have found that vitamin D intakes in the UK can be dangerously low. One in two women do not get enough vitamin D. Vitamin D intakes are considerably lower than the European RDA of 5 micrograms (5µg) daily with adult women consuming on average just 2.6micrograms daily from diet alone and older women over the age of 65 years consuming 2.9micrograms. A quarter of adults have blood levels of vitamin D that are too low to sustain normal bone health. This puts them at risk of bone health issues such as fractures. Data from the most recent report of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) indicates that intakes of vitamin D are worse than ever and falling.
Calcium and vitamin D throughout life
A lack of calcium and vitamin D can affect health, including bone health, throughout life. Several studies have found links between poor diet, low intakes of calcium and vitamin D, and poor bone health. Higher calcium and vitamin D intakes among teenagers have been linked to higher bone densities in young adulthood. Increasing intake of calcium and vitamin D has also been linked with reduced rate of bone loss in people aged 50 years and over.
Calin+ The Facts
- Each pot (125g) of Calin+ contains less than 125 kcals and less than 2.3g saturated fat.
- Calin+ contains 100% of the RDA for vitamin D (5μg).
- Calin+ is a rich source of calcium, containing 50% (400mg) of the RDA of 800mg.
- Based on levels of nutrients found to be of benefit in studies, it is recommended that one to two 125g pots of Calin+ are eaten daily.
- Calin+ comes in three different flavours – strawberry, cherry and vanilla.
- The vitamin D and calcium in Calin+ help to maintain healthy bones, providing an easy and tasty way to get the daily amounts of these nutrients.