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The human body is incapable of producing calcium on its own; therefore, you must obtain calcium through proper nutritional intake. The body loses calcium every day through the skin, nails, hair, and sweat, as well as through urine and feces. If the body does not obtain enough calcium, it starts to withdraw calcium from the bones, which ultimately causes them to become weak and brittle, and can potentially lead to osteoporosis.
Absorption through food is the best source of calcium; yet most people do not receive enough through their diet. Calcium supplements and foods fortified with calcium can help complete your nutritional needs.
|Types of Calcium Supplements
*These are meant to supplement, NOT to replace calcium from your diet.
Calcium Citrate (Citracal)
Calcium Carbonate (Tums, Viactiv, Os-Cal, Rolaids)
All calcium supplements should be taken with plenty of water to avoid the risk of kidney stones (8 oz. for every 300 mg of calcium).
It is also important to spread the dosage throughout the day, as only about 500 mg
can be absorbed by your body at a time.