Your bones play various roles in the body. Not only do they support muscles and provide structure, but they also store calcium and protect organs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is important to consume enough calcium and engage in weight-bearing physical activity in order to optimize bone mass, which may also reduce the risk of osteoporosis when you’re older.
While most anyone can develop osteoporosis, if you are female, white/Caucasian, an older adult, a post menopausal woman, small in body size, or eating a diet low in calcium you are at an increased risk.
The CDC states that calcium is needed for healthy bones, teeth, muscles, and nerves. Good sources of calcium can be found in dairy products, calcium fortified foods, dark green leafy vegetables, and nuts such as almonds.