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How much calcium do you need to get every day?

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Here's how much calcium and vitamin D you need every day, according to the Institute of Medicine.

Calcium

  • Children 1-3 years old: 700 milligrams (mg)
  • Children 4-8 years old: 1,000 mg
  • Children 9-18 years old: 1,300 mg
  • Adults 19-50: 1,000 mg
  • Women 51 to 70: 1,200 mg
  • Men 51 to 70: 1,000 mg
  • Women and men 71 and over: 1,200 mg

SOURCES:

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and vitamin D."

Pelajo, C. , May 2010. Autoimmunity Reviews

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

National Institute on Aging.

National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and vitamin D."

Pelajo, C. , May 2010. Autoimmunity Reviews

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

National Institute on Aging.

National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 09, 2018

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