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There's no question that we need to take in enough calcium every day to build strong bones and keep them that way. The question is: what's the best way to get enough?
It has been said that our sewer systems are full of calcium. We're popping supplements-and then excreting calcium four to six hours later, often relatively undigested and unabsorbed by our bodies. Or we're spending significantly for supplements that claim to be highly absorbable. (See this month's helpful tips for more information on absorbability.)
At American Bone Health, we believe that it makes sense to get as much calcium as possible from the food you eat. The bonus, of course, is that getting calcium from your diet can be delicious and relatively inexpensive.
The Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health provides great information about calcium requirements from childhood to old age and a good short list of calcium sources.
Here are some of the calcium "stars":
If you can't seem to get enough calcium in the food you eat, you are not alone. You may need a calcium supplement to reach your daily requirement. Do a quick survey of the calcium you take in through your food for a week. If you are consistently not meeting your daily calcium requirements, you will need a supplement. Be sure to take them the correct way.