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Is it safe to take calcium supplement with good amount of dairy products?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Depends: It depends on the reason why you are taking the calcium replacement. If you don't have bone problems (osteopenia/osteoporosis) or hypoparathyroidism (chronically low calcium on blood test) then you don't need to take calcium supplement and should get it from food such as dairy products. If you have the above conditions, then calcium suplements (at the recommended dose) + food are perfectly safe.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
However, your body can not absorb more than 500-600 mg at a time so taking it all at once is not helpful. And, according to the Harvard nutrition guru, Dr Walter Willet, there are no good studies that dairy products are good for your bones. Lastly, your body needs calcium 24/7 and will keep the blood level normal from your diet or by taking it out of your bones. So split up your calcium intake
Dec 27, 2011

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