Our nutritionally enhanced crops offer a natural way of elevating the calcium content found in crops to provide a natural source of calcium to aid in minimizing the occurrence of low bone mass and osteoporosis.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, ten million Americans have osteoporosis and another eighteen million have low bone mass, putting them at risk for developing osteoporosis. One in two women and one in eight men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture, resulting in more than $10 billion in health care costs annually. The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that by 2020 half of all Americans older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass if no immediate action is taken, which includes obtaining the recommended daily allowance ("RDA") for most adults of at least 1,000 mg per day of calcium. Unfortunately, the diets of 55% of men and 78% of women in the United States do not meet recommended calcium levels.
In the United States, approximately 70% of dietary calcium is provided by dairy products such as milk and cheese, with another 9% to 16% provided by green vegetables and dried fruits and 6% to 7% by drinking water. The USDA lists only seven vegetables as "good" sources of calcium, providing at least 10% of the adult RDA per serving. None of these - spinach, collards, kale, okra, mustard greens, turnip greens, or beans - forms a significant part of the average U.S. diet. While per capita consumption of lettuce at approximately 32 pounds per year is approximately 16 times greater than annual per capita consumption of spinach, calcium levels in current lettuce varieties are relatively low. Development of crops with improved calcium uptake offer a method of calcium fortification providing a natural means of meeting calcium dietary needs without the use and potential risk of calcium dietary supplements.
Using a combination of innovative hydroponic growing techniques and improved crop varieties, this product seeks to elevate calcium content in lettuce to levels that provide at least 10% of the adult RDA per serving, thereby providing a new dietary option for consumers who seek to increase the amount of calcium in their diet without replacing favorite foods or relying on mineral supplements. One of the bvenefits of fortified food crops is the ease of incorporating them into the average diet. Fortified foods offer a simple solutyion to a complex and costly problem.
The nutritionally enhanced crops offered by Edenspace offer many benefits, including increased health and reduced healthcare costs.