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You Ask, I Answer: Calcium Supplements

Posted Aug 23 2008 11:51pm
I take a pill that [contains] 600 mg Calcium and 400 IU vitamin D.

I'm a 26 year old female. Is this a good decision?

-- Anonymous

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If you find that your diet does not provide sufficient calcium, then supplementing it is certainly a good decision.

Having Vitamin D in the same pill as calcium is particularly smart, as this helps facilitate absorption.

However, 600 milligrams is too much for the body to absorb at once. I recommend a supplement containing no more than 500 milligrams.

Also, be sure to check your supplement’s bottle for the amount of “elemental calcium” – this tells you how much of the calcium in the supplement is “up for grabs.”

Some not-so-trustworthy companies advertise themselves as offering large amounts, but read the fine print and you'll see that each pill doesn't offer that much absorbable calcium.

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