It's widely known that calcium helps build strong bones. But according to Tufts University in the US, iron is another important nutrient associated with bone health, because it helps produce an integral component of bone called collagen.
Iron is only effective in bone building when the recommended 800-1200 milligrams of calcium are consumed as well. According to research, about 18 milligrams of iron a day is enough for you to reap the benefits. Include iron-rich foods, like meat, liver, legumes and green leafy vegetables, and calcium-rich foods, like milk, yoghurt and cheese, in your diet every day. It's also a good idea to take a supplement – just check the packaging to make sure that it's good source of calcium and iron.
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