Calcium Content in Herbs and Spices

calcium absorption,improve calcium absorption,osteoporosis,osteopenia,total health,calcium herbs,calcium spicesCalcium is needed by the body for a variety of reasons. It’s important to build strong bones and teeth and is needed for proper nerve function. Deficiencies in calcium can result in osteoporosis, poor blood clotting, and rickets. On the other hand, although it’s rare, over-retention can cause impaired kidney function, hypercalcemia, and decreased absorption of other minerals.

There are a variety of foods that contain calcium. Some of the best known sources of calcium are seaweed (hijiki, kelp, and wakame), nuts, seeds, dairy products, calcium fortified orange juice, chestnuts, salmon, figs, tofu, blackstrap molasses, okra, and dark-green leafy vegetables (kale, broccoli, collard greens, chicory greens, parsley, and turnip and beet greens).

Herbs and spices also contain calcium, and the following table shows the approximate calcium content of them.

Spice or Herb Serving Size Calcium (mg)
Poppy Seed 1 tablespoon 127
Celery Seed 1 tablespoon 115
Dill Seed 1 tablespoon 100
Savory, Ground 1 tablespoon 94
Oregano, Dried, Ground 1 tablespoon 85
Cinnamon, Ground 1 tablespoon 78
Fennel Seed, Whole 1 tablespoon 69
Mustard Seed, Yellow 1 tablespoon 58
Thyme, Dried, Leaves 1 tablespoon 57
Cumin Seed, Whole 1 tablespoon 56
Dill Weed, Dried 1 tablespoon 55
Oregano, Leaves 1 tablespoon 48
Caraway Seed 1 tablespoon 46
Basil, Dried, Leaves 1 tablespoon 44
Poultry Seasoning 1 tablespoon 44
Anise Seed, Whole 1 tablespoon 43
Cloves, Ground 1 tablespoon 43
Rosemary, Dried 1 tablespoon 42
Allspice, Ground 1 tablespoon 40
Pumpkin Pie Spice 1 tablespoon 38
Coriander Seed 1 tablespoon 35
Marjoram, Dried 1 tablespoon 34
Sage, Ground 1 tablespoon 33
Curry Powder 1 tablespoon 30
Pepper, Black 1 tablespoon 28
Chervil, Dried 1 tablespoon 26
Onion Powder 1 tablespoon 25
Spearmint, Dried 1 tablespoon 24
Spearmint, Fresh 2 tablespoons 23
Cardamom, ground 1 tablespoon 22
Coriander Leaf, Dried 1 tablespoon 22
Chili Powder 1 tablespoon 21
Parsley, Dried 1 tablespoon 21
Tarragon, Dried, Leaves 1 tablespoon 21
Dill Weed, Fresh, 5 sprigs 19
Fenugreek Seed 1 tablespoon 19
Pepper, White, Ground 1 tablespoon 19
Bay Leaf, Crumbled 1 tablespoon 15
Mace, Ground 1 tablespoon 13
Nutmeg, Ground 1 tablespoon 13
Paprika 1 tablespoon 12
Tumeric, Ground 1 tablespoon 12
Mustard, Prepared, Yellow 1 tablespoon 9
Thyme, Fresh 1 tablespoon 9
Horseradish 1 tablespoon 8
Pepper, Red or Cayenne 1 tablespoon 8
Peppermint, Fresh 2 tablespoons 8
Garlic Powder 1 tablespoon 7
Ginger, Ground 1 tablespoon 6
Rosemary, Fresh 1 tablespoon 5
Basil, Fresh 1 tablespoon 4
Salt, Table 1 tablespoon 4
Saffron 1 tablespoon 2
Vanilla Extract 1 tablespoon 1
Vanilla Extract, Imitation 1 tablespoon 0

If you’re interested in learning more about calcium foods, read Calcium-Rich Foods. If you’re interested in learning more about osteoporosis, seaweeds, and herbs, read Osteoporosis Health. If you want more information about calcium absorption, read Osteoporosis: Calcium Absorption Factors.

Calcium content for this post was based on information taken from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, SR21.


  1. I didn’t realize so many herbs had calcium in them. Thanks for the info, and for stopping by my blog.

  2. I use spices in everything (even my tea!) but didn’t even consider these benefits 🙂 I am learning so much on your site… back to reading!

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