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A 18-year-old female asked:

i am lactose intolerant. what are other ways i can get my daily dose of calcium and vitamin d without eating dairy products?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
No need for dairy: It's easy to get plenty of calcium in your diet without dairy, though many with lactose intolerance tolerate yogurt, an excellent source.Greens (look at what the cows eat to get all that calcium), tofu & sardines are among best sources- see http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=nutrient&dbid=45 milk isn't a great source of calcium- 1 glass is fortified with 120 iu but i advise 5000 iu- take supp!
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Yes: There are many other sources of calcium in your diet without dairy products -- it's even added to some orange juice. Lactase supplements may allow you to eat dairy products without problems. Also there are many quality calcium supplements available generically and inexpensively.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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