Calcium Powder

Written by Gregg Ruais
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All doctors and nutritionists agree that people who are lactose intolerant or have an aversion to milk should seek alternate means of ingesting calcium. Fruit juice companies often fortify their products with calcium powder, which many nutritional companies sell directly to consumers. People can blend powder into shakes, add it to certain recipes, or put it in juice themselves. These are smart choices compared with ignoring calcium altogether.

Most people know that calcium intake is essential to maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Ninety nine percent of the body's calcium is stored in bones. Something many people are unaware of is the vital role that calcium plays in other areas of human biology. Calcium is so important to certain functions that if people's diets are completely void of it, their bodies will actually draw this nutrient out of bones to perform these tasks. If this happens often enough, bones degenerate.

People actually need more calcium when they eat a lot of protein, because high protein intake causes calcium to leave the body through urine. Likewise, Americans, who consume the most protein out of any population in the world, require the most calcium. Age determines how much calcium people need.

How Much Calcium People Need

Men and women require equal amounts of calcium. However, since women generally take in fewer calories than men, the foods they eat should contain higher concentrations of calcium. If not, they need supplements. Infants need between 210 and 270 mg of calcium each day. Doctors recommend that teenagers take in 1,300 mg every day. People in their 20s, 30s, and 40s should have 1,000 mg each day, and people over 50 are supposed to intake 1,200 mg daily. These figures may vary from one source to another.

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