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BONING UP ON CALCIUM: why you need calcium in your diet

Why do we need calcium?

You guessed it – for bone health and strength! Around 99 per cent of our calcium is deposited in bones and teeth, the other one per cent is involved in the regulation of muscle contraction, heartbeat, blood clotting and functioning of the nervous system.

Do you know the best sources for calcium? You might be surprised to find that it's not just found in dairy products! For instance, a 100g serving of almonds contains about 264mg of calcium compared to 120mg in 100ml of cows' milk.

How much do we need?

The UK reference nutrient intake (RNI) value for calcium is:

Your Age How Much Calcium You Need Each Day
0-10 years 350-525mg
11-18 years 800mg girls, 1000mg boys
Adults 700mg

Why not become one of the five million people in the UK who are dairy-free? Try it for 30 days and see what a difference it makes to your health and vitality. Viva! will help make your transition as smooth and simple as possible. Don't hesitate to ask us for advice. We want to show you how easy - and fabulous - it is. Yes, you need calcium, but you'll have oodles of choice without having to resort to dairy.