Calcium is a vital mineral that our bodies need. Calcium's main role is building bones, but it also helps the heart, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels work. Women, especially, need to be sure they get enough calcium to avoid getting osteoporosis later in life. Calcium is found in milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, tofu, and more. Calcium is best absorbed along with vitamin D and magnesium. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how calcium is used by the body, how much you need, good sources of calcium, and much more.
Health Benefits of Calcium
The mineral calcium is well-known for its key role in bone health. Are you getting enough?
Calcium and Vitamin D: Top Food Sources
Calcium and vitamin D are important to prevent osteoporosis. These tips can help you get the calcium and vitamin D your bones need.
Calcium Levels Test: High vs. Low vs. Normal Range
Calcium is one of the most important minerals in your body. Learn why your doctor might order a test to check your blood calcium levels.
Calcium: Gotta Have It for Healthy Bones
Milk and other calcium-rich foods are an important part of a bone-healthy lifestyle that can not only reduce the risk of fractures as you get older, but may also protect against certain cancers.
Calcium Intake and Weight Loss
Dairy products boost metabolism and aid weight loss.
Top 10 Calcium-Rich Foods
Studies show that calcium in your diet can help you lose weight.
Boning Up on Bones
It's not your run-of-the-mill camp, though the 46 boys who attended Camp Calcium at Purdue University this year participated in all the fun and games typically associated with six weeks away from mom and dad. But the camp is also an innovative setting for a research project, now in its seventh year, looking at how the body uses calcium to build bones during the adolescent growth spurt. Findings fr
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: 15 Delicious Calcium-Rich Dishes
Tender stuffed chicken, Spanish cheese, and almond cake top this photo gallery of delicious foods packed with calcium.
Slideshow: Lactose Intolerance -- 14 Ways to Still Love Dairy
See how certain cheeses, lactose-free milk, probiotics, and more can help keep dairy in your diet.
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that can lead to painful bone fractures. Learn who gets osteoporosis, how to tell if you have it, how to prevent it, and effective treatment options.
Slideshow: Super Foods for Your Bones
Some of the foods that are good for your bones might surprise you. Greens? Figs? Salmon? Dig in!