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Vitamins and minerals: Calcium and Fluoride

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Calcium

RDA = 700 mg
What's it good for? Calcium is brilliant at helping you build strong bones and teeth. It balances how your muscles work, including your heart and helps blood clot normally. It's also thought that calcium may help to lower high blood pressure and may help to protect against colon and breast cancer.
What happens if I don't get enough? Your teeth and bones will become brittle and weak.
Where can I get it from? All dairy products have a high amount of calcium in them, like milk, cheese, butter, yogurt. If you have an intolerance to dairy or are a vegan it's also in green leafy veg, fruit (especially raisins) and nuts.

Foodmg of calcium
A glass of milk301
A small box of raisins22
1/2 cabbage303
A bag of dry roasted peanuts20
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Fluoride

RDA = There isn't a set amount that is recommended you should have each day
What's it good for? It strengthens tooth enamel and protects your teeth against tooth decay.
What happens if I don't get enough? You teeth might become weak or brittle and you might get a lot of toothaches.
Where can I get it from? Tea and fish are good sources of fluoride and tiny amounts are in the air we breathe. It's also in the majority of toothpastes and mouthwash.

Some local authorities have added it to drinking water. Check yours to find out more.


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