The new Oat Base Calcium has recently become available in our Blue Farm Shop. The question of why we have enriched an Oat Base with calcium, what calcium does in the body and why we can't imagine our bodies (and our morning coffee) without the mineral, we reveal in our Farmer's fact check on calcium.
Fact 1: Calcium is essential for vital processes in the human body.
Calcium is a vital mineral that must be taken in through the diet. Calcium is therefore indispensable for human health and, in addition to numerous processes in the human body, is an important supplier for:
- the bone and tooth structure
- the energy metabolism
- the muscle function
- digestion and
- as a messenger substance for signal transmission in cells.
Calcium is also important for the regulation of the acid-base balance in the body: if the pH value in the blood drops, calcium is secreted from the bones to naturally balance the pH balance in the body and protect the blood from over-acidification.
Since calcium is excreted through urine and stool, it is therefore important to "replenish" the calcium balance through nutrition. In short: Calcium is vital for human organ functions.
Fact 2: Calcium is also covered in a vegan diet
Contrary to some assumptions, vegans do not absorb less calcium through their diet. On the contrary: a vegan diet with fruit, vegetables and whole grain products can supply the body with the recommended amount of calcium. It is important to note, however, that in addition to calcium, sufficient vitamin D is taken in so that the available calcium can be better processed by the body.
The calcium requirement depends on age. According to the German Nutrition Society (DGE), the following calcium requirement per day is recommended:
- Adults from 19 years: 1,000 mg
- Infants: 0 to under 4 months: 220 mg
- Infants: 4 to under 12 months: 330 mg
- Children: 1 to under 4 years: 600 mg
- Children: 4 to under 7 years: 750 mg
- Children: 7 to under 10 years: 900 mg
- Children: 10 to under 13 years: 1,100 mg
- Adolescents aged 13 to under 19, as well as breastfeeding women and pregnant women under 19: 1,200 mg.
- Breastfeeding and pregnant women over 19 years: 1,000 mg
The calcium content of our Oat Base with added calcium is 80 mg calcium per 10 g Oat Base.
Fact 3: Calcium has a side taste
If calcium is so important - why is it not present in all foods? One of the reasons is that calcium compounds often have a salty, acidic and slightly metallic taste. This literally does not taste good to many, so conscious intake is therefore often less popular and compensated for by fruit, vegetables and other calcium-rich foods.
Fact 4: Calcium deficiency and the consequences
Is it possible to have a calcium deficiency? According to the DGE, it is possible! One possible consequence of the deficiency is an increased risk of osteoporosis (bone loss). This is because if, as described in Fact 1, the calcium content is too low, it is drawn from the body's largest calcium store - the bones. If too much calcium is removed from the bones, this can increase the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on calcium levels and bone health and counteract with appropriate nutrition and supplementation. How?
Fact 5: Oat Base enriched with calcium - for your calcium needs in no time at all
Even though milk, yoghurt and cheese, as well as green vegetables, berries, herbs and nuts are good sources of calcium, we do not always eat enough of these foods. In the western world, dairy products are considered the ideal source of calcium, but they are also suppliers of many unsaturated fatty acids. One more reason to turn to natural calcium suppliers: particularly calcium-rich foods are broccoli, cabbage varieties (Chinese cabbage, kale, collard greens), rocket and dried figs.
But it is even easier: with the daily portion of Oat Base Calcium, the daily requirement of the vital mineral can at least be increased. And for people who want to eat a completely dairy-free diet, Oat Base Calcium is even a particularly useful addition to their diet - right in the morning in their coffee, in their muesli or as a snack between meals.
Now if those aren't good Farm Facts!
Are you already convinced of the new Oat Base Calcium? Then order now directly from the Farm Shop.