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how should people with milk allergies get enough calcium in their diets?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Supplementation: Orange juice and soy milk (if soy is tolerated) are often supplemented with calcium, usually to the extent that a glass of orange juice is similar to a glass of milk. A glass a day should provide adequate calcium for dietary needs. Alternatively, you could take calcium supplements as a vitamin.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Nondairy foods/supp: Other beverages like almond milk, soy milk and some oj's are supplemented with good amounts of calcium. If using vitamin/mineral supplementation, i prefer calcium citrate forms. And don't forget about vitamin d3.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Natural Alternatives: Non-dairy foods naturally high in calcium include tree-nuts, tahini paste, curly kale, okra, fish such as sardines and whitebait, steamed tofu, apricots and figs.
Dr. Lisa Hogan
Dr. Lisa Hogan commented
General Surgery 35 years experience
It is probably more important to get adequate Vitamin D, magnesium and strontium for bone strength/maintenance.
Mar 1, 2012
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Calcium in OJ: You can also easily find calcium fortified orange juice. If you still need more then calcium carbonate or calcium citrate supplements are palatable. Consider atso supplementing with magnesium in order to avoid muscle cramps.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Calcium rich food: Nondairy sources of calcium include: •salmon •tofu •rhubarb •sardines •collard greens •spinach •turnip greens •okra •white beans •baked beans •broccoli •peas •brussel sprouts •sesame seeds •bok choy •almonds.

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