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Bone Up on Your Calcium Supplements

While eating calcium is better for your bones, it can be quite a challenge to eat the recommended 1,000 mg daily. That's where calcium supplements can lend a healthy hand. Both calcium carbonate, found in Tums, and calcium citrate in Citracal work well as supplements. However, calcium carbonate is best absorbed with food and generally has more calcium per tablet, which means it is more cost effective since you can take fewer pills. If you're the forgetful type though, calcium citrate might work better for you. Your body absorbs it well with or without food, so you can take it anytime during your day and reap all the benefits of the supplement.

Do you take a calcium supplement? If so, do you know which version of the mineral you take?


Allytta Allytta 8 years
carbonate. i take one after my breakfast, though the package recommends two a day, but i don't want to rely entirely on the pills - i try to eat the rest with my food.
Daisy-Doe Daisy-Doe 8 years
I take 2 Calci Chew tablets each day, that's 1000 mg. They have calcium carbonate minerals in them. I got them as a prescription drug from my doctor because I'm lactose intolerant and there's no way I get enough calcium in my diet with just food.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I take Tums and a calcium citrate supplement at different times of the day so I get more absorption. I have to make sure I really get enough because both my grandmas have osteoporosis and I'm considered high risk for it as well.
MissKris02 MissKris02 8 years
I take Caltrate which is calcium carbonate
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I eat plenty of dairy products and I take supplements. There's osteoporosis in my family, so I'm trying to offset that. Also, I think maintaining good bone health is good for teeth, too. Per my dental check-ups, my teeth are healthy and have THICK enamel. I haven't had a cavity (since my first one) for over 20 years.
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I take a calcium citrate supplement everyday along with a multi-vitamin. Since I was little I have despised milk and I think by the time I was 7 or so my parents stopped forcing me to drink it! Funny enough, I'm vegan so I don't' eat any dairy!
michlny michlny 8 years
Leafy greens are a great source of calcium as well. Dairy is not always the way to go. Plus Vit. D is important for absorption.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I have both supplements right now. I take Tums for my heartburn, and I have the other, for taking as an actual supplement. I love milk and all things dairy, but for the first part of this pregnancy anything with dairy in it would make me very sick, so I had to stock up. I also like Viactiv calcium chews those are much easier to swallow, and used those all through high school and after.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
I am in DIRE need of a calcium supplement... I despise milk (but if i use it in a recipe its always Vitamin D... or in my chocolate milk!)... and I'm just not a big 'dairy' person (except icecream!) So, I'm in trouble...
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