Calcium Tablets

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Calcium tablets are the easiest way to ensure you're getting enough of this critical mineral. The body needs calcium to build and repair bones and teeth, prevent blood clots, contract muscles, and for correct heart and nerve function. The body uses, and therefore loses, calcium every day in regular functioning. Medical experts agree that daily calcium intake is imperative to fighting osteoporosis.

Almost all of the calcium stored in the body is found in the bones. After 30, however, men and women begin to lose bone mass, resulting in lower overall calcium levels. Every person over the age of 19 needs to be taking 1,000 mg of calcium a day, and once women are over 50, or men are over 65, that number jumps to 1,500 mg a day. Plus, in order for the body to absorb calcium it must be taken in conjunction with vitamin D--whether through diet or through 15 minutes a day of sun exposure. D "tells" the bones to absorb the calcium.

The ideal way to take calcium is, of course, through a calcium rich diet. Calcium rich foods include yogurt, milk, and some vegetables like turnip greens. In order to ingest the proper amount of calcium through diet, one needs to eat three or four servings a day of foods high in calcium. Many people, however, find this kind of a diet difficult to maintain, and turn to calcium tablets.

Calcium Tablets: Daily Defense

Calcium tablets taken every day help the body store this critical mineral. Most calcium tablets come in dosages of 500 to 2,000 mg per pill. Unless you regularly get at least 15 minutes in the sun daily, be sure to take calcium tablets containing vitamin D. Popular brands provide many well known multi-vitamin supplements, but many generics offer similar quality and efficacy for lower cost.

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