You’ve heard it from your mother, and we’re here to tell you it’s true! If you want strong teeth and bones, you need sufficient calcium every single day, all your life.
Medical discoveries link the prevention of osteoporosis (a bone-weakening disease) with a diet that includes regular calcium intake and daily exercise. But how much calcium do you really need? Are you getting enough? Should you consider taking regular supplements?
The most effective amount for adults ranges from 800-1200 mg of calcium each day. Vitamin D helps calcium absorption – especially important for caffeine drinkers because caffeine interferes with your body’s ability to take in calcium.
It’s no secret that calcium is vital for growing children. The daily recommendation for kids up to 3 years of age is 500 mg; 600 mg for children aged 4-6; and 700 mg for those 7-9 years old.
Many things we eat and drink contain calcium, with dairy products usually being your best source. Adults can get their recommended daily amount by drinking 3-4 glasses of milk, or an equivalent measure of cheese (1½ ounces of cheese equals an eight-ounce glass of milk). Many products like orange juice are now fortified with calcium. Fresh vegetables such as broccoli and collard greens, and canned seafood like sardines and salmon, are also high in calcium.
If you’re re-thinking your calcium requirements, we will be happy to help you sort things out. Please give us a ring.