An Easy Way to Live Longer

by | Jul 26, 2016 | Nutrition

Like me, and many other women, I am sure you spend a lot of time working on your health and wellness with the hopes of possibly living a long and prosperous life. Between maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, trying to get enough sleep, and working on stress management there is a lot to do!  What if there was an easy way to live longer? A recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found that just adding a simple calcium supplement can increase your lifespan. Great news!

The Study

This particular study followed 9,033 Canadian women over a 12 year period, looking specifically at death rates. During the study, 1,160 of the over 9,000 participants died from various causes. For the women who consumed at least 1,000 mg of calcium daily, the risk of death was significantly lower than for those who didn’t get enough calcium. It didn’t matter if the calcium came from a combination of food and supplements as long as the total consumed per day was at least 1,000 mg.

These results may be related to the fact that calcium is an essential mineral that plays a variety of different roles in our bodies. Not only is calcium used to maintain strong bones, it also helps maintain healthy blood vessels, release hormones, and carry messages throughout the body.

What can you do to increase longevity?

Adult women need at least 1,000 mg per day to maintain health. A cup of milk contains about 300 mg and a cup of spinach has about 240 mg. One of my favorite ways to get my daily calcium is with a Greek yogurt parfait for breakfast, 3/4 of a cup contains about 200mg of calcium.

If you are not getting at least 3-4 servings of these high calcium foods every day, you may want to consider a supplement. There are many benefits of calcium supplements to try to increase your intake. Supplements are especially important for postmenopausal women to maintain strong bones into old age. If you are planning on a supplement, make sure to take calcium citrate, which is most easily absorbed.

Maybe it’s not actually an apple a day that keeps the doctor away after all, but a calcium supplement a day for a longer life.

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