Could you comment on kale having high oxalate levels? Does it counteract with the absorption of its own Ca?
For years, I've been eating a diet high in Ca-rich foods, especially vegetables, regularly exercising, walking, and hiking; yet, my bone density has been showing a progressive osteopenia. Whatever I was eating was pushing Ca down the drain... That has prompted me to increase my Ca intake from 500 mg to 1000, regardless of at least 750-1000 mg that I had been getting from food. My supplemental Ca is Calcium Citrate with Vit. D and Magnesium and that's on top of 400 mg of Vit. D that I've been taking daily.
Reflecting on all that, I am wondering if the curse was in the oxalates?View Thread
Spinach and other foods with oxalates. Your body doesn't absorb calcium well from foods that are high in oxalates (oxalic acid) such as spinach. Other foods with oxalates are rhubarb, beet greens and certain beans. These foods contain other healthy nutrients, but they just shouldn't be counted as sources of calcium.
In other words, spinach should not be counted as a source of Ca... What happens to cheese eaten with spinach? We have so many delicious dishes where these two are combined. My PCP told me a while back that we don't absorb any Ca from the food combined with spinach. Based on the statement above, it's not necessarily the case. What's your take on that? And, spinach is not the highest source of oxalates in greens: parsley has a higher count, and purslane is ahead of parsley.
And a side question: how high in oxalates is arugula? Judging from its strong nutty flavor, it's quite high, but according to some online source (sorry, don't have the reference), it's quite low - suspiciously low.View Thread
2 large servings a day of bok choy, lettuce, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, cabbage(s), rarely - spinach & chard. When cooking, always include root veggies like carrots, parsnips, celeriac, celery, leeks, daikon, onions, garlic, tomatoes. I don't drink milk, barely eat cheese, sometimes drink coconut beverage.View Thread
Calcium Citrate is a better absorbed form of Ca and is available in a variety of brand and generic products, including Costco's Kirkland brand. Calcium Carbonate is not only hard on the stomach but its Ca bioavailability (the amount of Ca absorbed by your body) is very low. Tums in particular, because of its low Ca bioavailability, can do more damage to your kidneys than the benefit to the bones.View Thread
Bonebabe, no doubt genetics is a major factor, as well as the bone build-up during the bone building years... Have you or -- perhaps, someone else -- had an encounter with biocompatible hormones? Can they stop bone loss and possibly reverse the damage caused by the lost bone density?View Thread