The Effective Way to Take Calcium Supplements
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How can I Take Calcium Supplements Effectively?

Sayali Naik

We all assume that we get all the calcium we need from the foods we eat. Not just the usual suspects like yogurt, milk, and cheese, but also canned salmon and sardines, broccoli, kale and collard greens, and fortified cereals and juices. But we live in an imperfect world. Many studies suggests that more than a third of us aren't getting enough of the mineral that's essential for building and maintaining strong bones. It helps muscles work and nerves carry messages between the brain and other parts of the body, too.

What’s the function of Calcium?

Calcium is probably best known for strengthening bones and teeth. In fact, most of the calcium in our bodies is stored in the bones and teeth. As bones undergo their regular process of breakdown and remodeling, calcium helps build new bone, especially during growth and development. Calcium also plays an important role in several other body functions, including:

  • Nerve signal transmission
  • Hormone release
  • Muscle contraction
  • Blood vessel function
  • Blood clotting

So how much calcium do you need each day?

Below are the current recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, by age:

  • Women 50 and younger: 1,000 mg per day
  • Men 70 and younger: 1,000 mg per day
  • Women over 50: 1,200 mg per day
  • Men over 70: 1,200 mg per day

How can I take calcium supplements effectively?

Who should consider calcium supplements?

Even if you eat a healthy, balanced diet, you may find it difficult to get enough calcium if you:

  • Follow a vegan diet
  • Have lactose intolerance and limit dairy products
  • Consume large amounts of protein or sodium, which can cause your body to excrete more calcium
  • Have osteoporosis
  • Are receiving long-term treatment with corticosteroids
  • Have certain bowel or digestive diseases that decrease your ability to absorb calcium, such as inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease. In these situations, calcium supplements may help you meet your calcium requirements. Talk to your doctor or dietitian to determine if calcium supplements are right for you.

How to select the calcium supplements?

When looking at calcium supplements, consider these factors:

Amount of calcium

Elemental calcium is key because it's the actual amount of calcium in the supplement. It's what your body absorbs for bone growth and other health benefits. Be sure to note the serving size (number of tablets) when determining how much calcium is in one serving.

Tolerability

Calcium supplements cause few, if any, side effects. But side effects can sometimes occur, including gas, constipation, kidney problems and bloating. 

What prescriptions you take

Depending on your medications, you may need to take the supplement with your meals or between meals. Ask your nutritionist, about possible interactions and which type of calcium supplement would work for you.

Supplement form

Calcium supplements are available in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, chews, liquids and powders. If you have trouble swallowing pills, then Fast & Up Fortify effervescent drink is a perfect supplement which is an elemental calcium Fast&Up Fortify is a complete bone care supplement to maintain bone health with a perfect blend of Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1 and Vitamin B6.

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