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    You can get calcium from vegetables.

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    You can get calcium from vegetables.

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    If your mother told you to drink your milk to become strong, she was right. Dairy is high in calcium. But veggies like Chinese cabbage, kale, collard greens, and broccoli are also good sources.  So are soft-boned fish like canned sardines and salmon.If you don't get enough calcium, you raise your risk of osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones weak.

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    A baby in the womb takes calcium away from its mom.

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    A baby in the womb takes calcium away from its mom.

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    When you're expecting, your baby needs lots of calcium to grow bones. It's really important in the last 3 months of pregnancy. If you don't get enough, your baby will get what it needs from your bones.

    So, eat calcium-rich foods if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about supplements, too.

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    Cutting down on calcium in your diet prevents kidney stones.

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    Cutting down on calcium in your diet prevents kidney stones.

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    Most kidney stones are made of a type of the mineral called calcium oxalate. But there’s no proof that cutting out calcium in your diet will prevent this type of stone from forming. The truth is, getting too little of the nutrient and drinking too much fluid make kidney stones more likely. It’s best to get the recommended amount -- not too much, and not too little.

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    Which gives you the most calcium:

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    Which gives you the most calcium:

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    Yogurt wins by a nose over low-fat milk. An 8-ounce cup of plain yogurt will give you about a third of your daily needs. The amount of calcium can vary, so check labels to be sure you're getting enough.

    Orange juice and milk made from almonds, rice, and soy that have the nutrient added to them are also good sources. Shake the container before your pour though, because the calcium can settle to the bottom.

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    Who needs the most calcium?

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    Preteens and teenagers grow quickly, and so do their bones. They need a lot of calcium -- at least 1,300 milligrams a day. They could get about that amount every day from 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of calcium-fortified orange juice, and 1 cup of yogurt. Adults typically need a little less -- at least 1,000 milligrams a day.

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    You lose calcium every day. 

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    You lose calcium every day. 

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    Almost all of it is stored in your bones and teeth, but you lose some daily through your skin, sweat, hair, and more. Your body can't make calcium, so you need to get it from food or supplements.

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    What does calcium do for your body?

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    What does calcium do for your body?

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    It's a must-have mineral that keeps your bones healthy. You also need it to move your muscles and to help nerves carry messages between your brain and parts of your body. Calcium also helps blood vessels move blood to different areas. And it helps release hormones and proteins.

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    Your body needs this to absorb calcium:

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    Your body needs this to absorb calcium:

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    The two nutrients are partners. Your body can't absorb calcium without vitamin D, which you can get from sunlight and from some foods or supplements.

    Fatty fish like wild tuna and salmon are good sources of D, but many people need to take supplements. Talk to your doctor if you're not sure you're getting enough.

     

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    You should always take calcium supplements with food.

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    You should always take calcium supplements with food.

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    You should take some of these supplements when you eat, but not all.

    The two most common kinds are calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. The first one costs less and works better when you take it with food. The second is more expensive, but you can have it with or without something to eat.

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    You absorb more calcium if you take big doses of supplements.

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    You absorb more calcium if you take big doses of supplements.

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    You won't do yourself any favors if you take calcium supplements in large amounts. The nutrient gets absorbed into your body more easily when you limit yourself to 500 milligrams at a time.

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Sources | Reviewed by Christine Mikstas, LD, RD on November 18, 2019 Medically Reviewed on November 18, 2019

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SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Healthy Bones at Every Age.”

American Kidney Fund: “Types of Kidney Stones.”

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: “How Can Kidney Stones be Prevented?”

Medline Plus: “Calcium.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health,” “What is Osteoporosis?”

National Kidney Foundation: “How Common Are Kidney Stones?

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “A Guide to Calcium-Rich Food,” “Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know,” “What is Calcium and What Does It Do?”

Office of Dietary Supplements: “Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium,” “Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Quick Facts: Calcium.”

The University of Arizona: “Calcium Supplement Guidelines.”

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