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Milk or Green Leafy Vegetables: Which is Better for Calcium Absorption?

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Reviewed November 16, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

This is the calcium debate that I was wondering about. Thank you for the information. I found it extremely helpful and I will think about this when I make my smoothies.


October 13, 2017 - 6:22am
EmpowHER Guest

Well, milk is quicker and yummy and it will always be my pick for calcium.

April 24, 2017 - 5:47am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Yep it's good stuff for a baby cow. My mother grew up on a dairy farm. As a child we had milk cows so plenty of milk. My mother has osteoporosis after a life time of drinking milk. Milk does NOT do the body good. Certainly not cow's milk in a human body anyway. Look at the research. Highest rates of osteoporosis and brittle bone disease occur in countries with the highest milk consumption. We have been lied to for years.

October 9, 2017 - 8:56pm

I was diagnosed with osteopenia and have increased my dairy but after reading this article I think I will be increasing my green leafy vegetables instead.  I believe in natural calcium not tablets unless absolutely needed.

November 18, 2011 - 4:46pm

Very well written. I've often noted that cultures where dairy consumption is low, calcium levels are not an issue as long as they are getting plenty of leafy greens.

November 18, 2011 - 3:25pm
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