It’s not all about calcium! This mineral has an important role in keeping your bones strong, but many factors are involved. Eating a varied and balanced vegan diet will help you to meet your requirements for other nutrients needed for bone health, including vitamin K (read this for more information). Staying active will also help you to look after your bones.
Calcium and vitamin D
Calcium and vitamin D work together to keep your bones strong. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium from your diet. Read here for more information about vitamin D.
If your diet is low in calcium, your body will remove it from your bones and use it to maintain the level of calcium in your blood. Read our article for information about getting enough calcium from your vegan diet.
Regular weight-bearing activity is thought to be important for bone health. Do you know how your level of activity compares to government recommendations? Go here for more information.
Know your body mass index (BMI)
Generally, you are more likely to break a bone if your BMI is low. Use this calculator to work out your BMI.
You can compare your diet to our guidelines using the free VNutrition app.
These are general guidelines about nutrition. If you have concerns about your diet, please talk to your doctor about seeing a dietitian.