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How much calcium should I get through supplements?

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It depends on how much you're already getting in your diet. Adults need 1,000 milligrams of calcium (from all sources) every day, and that amount goes up with age. Women over 50 and men over 70 need 1,200 milligrams per day. If you think you need a supplement to boost your number, check with your doctor.

From: Confused About Calcium Supplements? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A Guide to Calcium-Rich Foods," "Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know."

Ross, C. , January 2011. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

Shufelt, C. , July/August 2015. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A Guide to Calcium-Rich Foods," "Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know."

Ross, C. , January 2011. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

Shufelt, C. , July/August 2015. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 05, 2018

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