Unfortunately osteoporosis runs in my family (on both sides too). Osteoporosis is a bone disease where your bones weaken as you get older. One of the best ways to ward against it is to eat plenty of calcium which is in high amounts in dairy products, and to do weight bearing exercise.
I’m not a big fan of milk itself (I love non-dairy products as you’ve probably picked up from this blog). I do eat cheese, but not enough to get the enough calcium to combat future bone issues. Luckily since I do take part in weight bearing exercise, calcium has always been the focus for me. So, I’ve been taking calcium supplements for a long time now.
My favorite calcium supplement is called Adora. It comes as a very tasty dark chocolate disk (it also comes in milk chocolate which I've never tried) made from all natural, vegetarian, gluten free ingredients. Each disk is only 30 calories (1 weight watchers point), and because of the taste I am much more motivated to remember to eat two every day, much more so than when I take calcium in pill form.
Adora disks contain 25% of vitamin D, 50% of your vitamin K, and 50% of your daily calcium, which is fantastic, and personally speaking makes me feel like I’m getting the calcium I need. Alone, outside of dairy products, calcium is poorly absorbed by the body, so it is important to take it with vitamin D which aids in its absorption.
I buy Adora at Whole Foods. They are also available at Walgreens, GNC and other stores. I also made them available at the Yummy Diet Food Amazon Store. They come in large bags or in smaller packets if you want to try them before you buy a big amount.