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Where do cows get their calcium from?

by Laura Thompson |

Haven’t we always been told that we need to drink milk for our calcium requirements?

So, if humans need to drink milk for calcium, how do cows produce calcium? They don’t. They eat it.

Calcium is a mineral that is found in soils and is absorbed by plants through their roots. Cows get their calcium from eating dark green leafy plants, called grass.
So then why don’t we eat plants for calcium? Well, partly because we’ve been brainwashed by the multibillion-dollar dairy industry, with those TV ads of cute kids drinking their glass of milk for strong bones and sparkling white teeth.

Unfortunately, this is a stretch from the truth. When consuming milk and cheese, 33% and 66% of the calcium is lost, respectively, through urinary elimination. Whereas, when you consume plant-based foods containing calcium, your body uses up to 60% of their calcium contents.

 

Another piece of information that is omitted in the dairy campaigns, is that for your body to absorb calcium, you need to be consuming magnesium alongside the calcium. Conveniently, these two minerals are essential nutrients in plants, and work hand in hand to optimise their uses, and your health.

Additionally, when taking into account the environment, figures show that meat and milk production require the highest volumes of water. With milk requiring 1020 litres of water (green, blue and grey) to produce one litre of milk, while plant-based foods typically only require half the water requirements of milk.

So, although we’ve been conditioned to believe calcium comes from milk and dairy products, the true source of calcium is the richness in the earths soils, which we get through the plants we eat.