As the known fact, the human body is the high-performance functioning machine. The environment sensitive human body keeps a constant balance between acid-alkali in the blood. When the calcium intake from regular diet is insufficient to neutralize the acid, the calcium is drawn from the muscles and bone reserves. Sometimes the excess calcium is deposited back in the bones, but a large amount is excreted in the urine along with the acids. Since the diet is the main contributing factor in the acid-alkali balance, the particular food intake plays an important role in endogenous acid production.
The main contributor in dietary acids is sulphur from sulphur amino acids, the highest in animal protein, which metabolizes into sulphuric acid. So the diets high in animal protein are vulnerable to excess acid production in the body. The meat and certain dairy products do supply phosphorus which is the other contributor unlike determinants of alkaline load such as potassium and magnesium abundant in plant foods.
The prime nutrient in the food should constitute plenty of calcium and proteins, but all such diet practices are not less prone to fractures since it doesn’t help anything in an overall balance of the nutrients. This is referred to as “calcium paradox” by the World Health Organization, as the result of high calcium and animal protein consumers of a developed nation like the UK are prostrated in higher hip fracture rates. The studies over the long duration in the past, have proven that the increase in intake of calcium is not beneficial to the extent of protection from fractures instead it acts as the negative factor combined with animal protein intake.
There were various study conducted around the world including women, developed and developing countries, by different health study and research organizations, the results of all from those conclude in, the vegan and excess fruit consumers topping the healthier bones list. The most distinguished one is Ho-Pham et al. bone mineral density test, where the omnivores and Buddhist nuns were under the experiment for 2 years. The omnivores obtained twice as the bone loss that of vegans. The very much interesting fact that came out from the study is, the vegans thrived in maintaining the stable bone health despite consuming nearly half the quantity of calcium as that of Non-Vegetarians. According to the review by Lanou, the professor of health and wellness, bones are in the preferable condition with calcium balance through the intake of fruits and vegetables. The cut on animal protein and regular exercise with exposure to sunlight for supplementing the vitamin D and plant sourced 500mg calcium a day initiates the perfect conditions for a healthy life. That is so obvious to every age group, men and women.
Now it’s evident that a vegetarian diet not just plays a vital role in calcium production, adequate for internal routine, also ensures the beneficial intake of nutrients for bone, minimizing the damage potential caused by loads of dietary acids.