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What is calcium?

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Calcium is a mineral that your bones and muscles need.

SOURCES:

Ede, A. , 2001. Arthritis & Rheumatism

Pelajo, C. , 2010. Autoimmunity Reviews

Rennie, K. , 2003. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Arthritis Today: “Vitamin and Mineral Guide: Folate.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Nutrition & Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Edgar R. Miller III, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases: “What People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Need to Know About Osteoporosis.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “About Osteoporosis: Vitamin D and Bone Health.”

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Folate,” “Calcium,” Vitamin D,” “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Alpha-Linolenic Acid,” “Fish Oil,” “Vitamin D,” “Sulfasalazine.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Methotrexate: Managing Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Ede, A. , 2001. Arthritis & Rheumatism

Pelajo, C. , 2010. Autoimmunity Reviews

Rennie, K. , 2003. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Arthritis Today: “Vitamin and Mineral Guide: Folate.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Nutrition & Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Edgar R. Miller III, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases: “What People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Need to Know About Osteoporosis.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “About Osteoporosis: Vitamin D and Bone Health.”

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Folate,” “Calcium,” Vitamin D,” “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Alpha-Linolenic Acid,” “Fish Oil,” “Vitamin D,” “Sulfasalazine.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Methotrexate: Managing Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 15, 2017

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