Calcium-rich fruits helping children grow taller

December 25, 2018 | By NuBest
Calcium is an essential mineral for bone growth and joint growth. Children with calcium deficiency will be short, stunted and suffer from rickets, osteoporosis and osteopenia, etc. Therefore, calcium should be adequately supplemented from fetal stage to subsequent stages of development. In addition to milk, fruits are also the top choice for safe calcium supplementation.

Calcium-rich fruits helping children grow taller

Calcium accounts for 1.5 to 2% of body weight in which 99% exists in bones, teeth, toenails, fingernails and only 1% exists in blood, cells and extracellular fluids. Calcium plays an essential role in bone formation, tooth formation and height growth. Moreover, calcium also has many other roles such as maintaining the activities of the muscular system, stabilizing blood pressure, transmitting nerve impulses, etc.

As recommended by nutritionists, children need to be sufficiently supplemented with calcium according to the requirements of each age and each developmental stage.

- 0 - 5 months old: 300 mg/day

- 6 - 11 months old: 400 mg/day

- 1 - 3 years old: 500 mg/day

- 4 - 6 years old: 600 mg/day

- 7 - 9 years old: 700 mg/day

- 10 - 18 years old: 1,000 mg/day

Here are calcium-rich fruits that help children grow taller:

Banana

Bananas are rich not only in potassium but also in calcium and other minerals. Additionally, bananas are also rich in fiber and starch, which creates a sense of satiety, reduces appetite and prevents weight gain. That's why putting bananas into daily diet will help obese children lose weight quickly so that they can get optimal height and have better health.

Orange

According to some analysis, 100 grams of oranges contain 87.6 grams of water, 30 milligrams of vitamin C, 0.3 gram of fiber, 4.5 milligrams of sodium and 26 milligrams of calcium. Therefore, oranges are an extremely plentiful source of calcium and vitamins, which not only support our height growth but also help lower our risk for many diseases.

Kiwi

Kiwis are tropical fruits which are very rich in calcium - about 60 milligrams. Furthermore, kiwis are rich in other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate and potassium, which brings lots of benefits to our health.

Papaya

Papayas are known as one of the fruits that contain high levels of calcium - about 20 milligrams calcium per 100 grams of servings. In addition to its delicious taste, this fruit is popular for its health benefits. Papayas are also rich in fibre and water content, which help prevent constipation and other digestion-related problems. Other benefits of papayas are preventing asthma, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and reducing chronic inflammation.

Some notes about calcium supplementation

Calcium is easily deteriorated when combined with vitamins and other substances in foods. Therefore, in order to better absorb calcium, the following nutritional principles should be observed:

- Avoid eating too salty foods because this will cause abnormal urination, making calcium to be excreted more.

- Do not combine calcium with other mineral supplements such as zinc and copper because this will make calcium difficult to absorb in the body.

- Do not eat fruits that are bitter and acrid because they will interfere with the body's absorption of calcium.

- In order to efficiently supplement calcium to the body, calcium should be taken about 3 times a day (morning, noon and afternoon) or twice a day (morning and afternoon). These are times when it is still sunny so calcium absorption will increase. Additionally, calcium should not be taken in the evening to avoid sleep problems.

(*) All pictures shown are for illustration purpose only.
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