Your parents nagged you to drink milk when you were a kid and rightly so. Calcium is abundant in dairy foods and is not only a super important mineral for bone health, but also for good muscle function, nerve transmission and hormone secretion. So, calcium is important and we need a heck of a lot of it. Most of adults (age 19-50) require 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day and women over 50 need 1,200 milligrams per day. Unfortunately, most women only get about 750 milligrams daily and a chronic calcium deficit can lead to osteoporosis.
Milk is an excellent source of calcium, with an average of 300 milligrams of calcium per 250 ML of milk. But if you don’t like dairy products or can’t digest them well, there are other super sources out there.
Dried figs make perfect additions to your bowl of corn flakes, oats or just soak them overnight and eat the next morning. One cup of dried figs will contain about 300 mg of calcium. While providing a high dose of calcium, they are also loaded with antioxidants. Make sure you consume them in moderation as figs are high on calories as well.