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The Best Way, And When, To Take Calcium Supplements?
are conflicting recommendations about the best way to take
calcium supplements. The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
consensus statement on optimal calcium intake recommends
taking no more than 200 milligram (mg) doses — between meals.
The recently published clinical guidelines for the prevention
and treatment of osteoporosis from the American Association
of Clinical Endocrinologists suggest taking supplemental
calcium with meals and with a bedtime snack.
The decision to take the supplements with or between meals
may be based on the type of supplement you're taking. Calcium
carbonate (the most common type of calcium supplement) is
more difficult to absorb on an empty stomach or in conditions
where there is limited stomach acid. Therefore, absorption
may be improved when it's taken with food, especially acidic
foods such as citrus juice or fruit.
the other hand, calcium citrate is better absorbed on an
empty stomach. The citrate form does not require gastric
acid for absorption. It's the preferred supplement for those
lacking gastric acid, including older people, those who've
had stomach surgery or those taking medications that block
gastric acid production.
is consensus, however, on the following:
type and amount of calcium you take as a supplement
should be based on your medical history and your average
dietary intake of calcium.
should be taken in small — no more than 200 mg — doses
throughout the day.
you take an iron supplement, don't take it at the same
time as your calcium supplement. Calcium can interfere
with the absorption of iron.
latest (1997) recommendations for calcium intake by the
National Academy of Sciences state that adults under age
50 should aim for 1,000 mg daily while people over 50 should
try for 1,200 mg daily.
needs to be noted that these suggested levels of calcium
intake are based on the fact that calcium supplements (generally)
aren't totally digested. If one takes the typical 1,000
mg calcium tablet, less than 25% of the available calcium
will be digested. Therefore, you receive approximatly
only 250 mg of calcium. There are calcium supplements
now available that offer a 75% to 99% total availability,
such as A to B CALM.
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