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03-25-2008, 09:38 AM
Are there any super-foods or supplements I can take for calcium and iron? I've been trying to eat foods with enough in them but I'm going to look like a blimp if I eat all my calcium for the day in sesame seeds!
what do you guys do? I am taking a B-12 supplement.
03-25-2008, 10:22 AM
Dark leafy greens are one of your highest sources of calcium!!!!!
03-25-2008, 11:25 AM
The problem with focusing on certain nutrients is you'll throw yourself off balance concerning the other nutrients. Protein, calcium, iron.. are not the be-all, end-all to health.
What do us "guys" do? Well, I'm a 59 year old woman and what I do is eat a variety of raw fruits, vegetables, greens, seeds, nuts... that's it!
Where did you get the information about receiving all your calcium for the day in sesame seeds? Almost EVERY raw food you eat has SOME calcium in it, just as almost EVERY raw food you eat has protein in it and almost EVERY raw food you eat has (fill in the blank) in it. Nature did not make a mistake when she made food for us.
Methinks you're over-thinking this and still coming from a SAD perspective of HAVING to do something special to get enough nutrients. Too much like work for me and doesn't sound enjoyable. Is it?
03-25-2008, 03:51 PM
Agreed with the Wise above!
EAT raw, the rest will fall into place
You dont see SAD eaters worrying "ooh did I get enough iron today!"
I was always anaemic as a junk food veggie.. now my bloods are all normal! I dont count calories, numbers, percentages!
Variety is the spice of life...not sesame seeds!
Enjoy your journey, eat raw..and plentifull :D
03-26-2008, 04:42 PM
Remember the importance of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for many things including calcium absorption. Even if a person consumed 10 grams of calcium each day they would still be calcium deficient if they did not have enough vitamin D in their system.
There is talk of vitamin D being in many plants (alfalfa sprouts, chlorella, etcetera) but I am yet to hear confirmation of this, although certain mushrooms do contain a vitamin D precursor, which becomes vitamin D when the mushroom is exposed to UV. As I live in the UK, where apparently (and according to Dr. Stephen Walsh in his book Plant Based Health and Nutrition http://www.vegansociety.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=153 ) the ultraviolet rays needed for vitamin D creation within the body do not reach us from the sun during certain winter months, I take a vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) supplement (25 micrograms) each day.
We only, normally, need around 30 minutes or so exposure to sunlight per day (hands and face. Stay off the sun cream) in order for the body to produce adequate vitamin D.
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