Calcium Intake Found Too Low in Children and Adolescents
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Is there anything that can be done to enhance the effects of calcium? Yes,
Baker says. Exercise increases the amount of calcium that is deposited in the
bones. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium, she says, but most
kids don't have any problem in this department, since sunshine and most of the
dairy products are major sources of vitamin D.
Is there such a thing as too much calcium? Calcium deposits in muscles are
possible, says Baker; however, it is "almost impossible" to overdose on
calcium through food. "The worry would be if people used supplements,"
she says. "[And] you really have to take a lot of supplements [to
overdose]. ? We really recommend that people use food to meet their dietary
requirements. Only under unusual circumstances do we recommend supplements --
in general, in consultation with a health care provider."
- Children and adolescents do not consume enough calcium, which is available
from milk, fortified juices, dairy products, white beans, broccoli, sardines,
and sweet potatoes.
- Children should consume 800 mg of calcium each day, and preteens and
adolescents should consume 1,200 to 1,500 mg per day.
- Calcium is important for bone health, preventing osteoporosis later in
life, and possibly regulating blood pressure.