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Benefits Of Calcium Sandoz
What is the best calcium to take for bones support? What is the best way to take calcium to get the best benefits?
There is no clear answer to this. While the "best" source is dairy products as far as absorption, they have a lot of calories and many people have lactose intolerance. It requires about a quart of dairy products per day to get enough calcium. The lactose helps with solubility and absorption and dairy is fortified with vitamin d. There are also other minerals, such as magnesium, included in milk.
Since many people do not get enough dairy, supplementation is helpful. Calcium carbonate and calcium citromalate are readily absorbed. While Tums are easy to take and relatively cheap, they do not include vitamin d. You need to take 5 regular Tums to get 1000mg of calcium. While that is adequate for many adult men, it is inadequate for adolescents and perimenopausal women who need 1500mg per day. Some people will benefit from 2000mg per day, but more than that is associated with kidney stones.
There are many supplements that offer calcium and vitamin d together. However, they tend to be large pills that are "hard to swallow." another source are the calcium chews, which come in regular and sugar-free versions. They provide 500mg calcium and 400iu vitamin d each, but also have vitamin k, making them inappropriate for people on coumadin.
In the end, the best calcium source is the one you will use reliably. Since it doesn't work if you don't take it, you need to find the one that fits best into your lifestyle. ...Read more
How long does it take for calcium channel blockers (diltiazem Tildiem) to work/get into your system before you feel the benefits?
Prevents Ca loss: Calcium is an essential mineral for the function of all cells, and the body maintains blood levels of calcium in a narrow range. If the amount of calcium taken in doesn't keep up with the losses, the body pulls calcium out of the bones and teeth to keep the blood levels where they belong. So providing enough calcium from foods or supplements keeps more calcium in the bones & teeth. ...Read more
I had a cardiac MRI - it came back perfect. Would I benefit from a calcium scoring? I do have risk factors, but not sure if it tells the same things.
Predicts your risk: Doing calcium scoring may help in calculating your future risk of cardiovascular disease. Why was cardiac MRI done? Some patients with family history of coronary artery disease may get calcium scoring done to predict there future risk. If you are at low risk based of co-morbidities and risk factors you don't need one. ...Read more
LOTS: Vit d helps enhance calcium absorption and both are needed for many biochemical reactions in the body including bone strength/health and heart function. Vit d has been found to prevent 16 forms of cancer, helps the immune system, prevents the flu, helps with heart health and gut health. ...Read more
Nope: Your teeth are already formed. Taking calcium supplements will not strengthen your teeth. ...Read more
Quantity: Milk is food. It naturally contains some calcium, and it is often supplemented with some vitamin d...Usually enough so that you can utilize the calcium in the milk. The amount of vitamin d in milk is insufficient to keep blood vitamin d at adequate levels, unless you're drinking unhealthy quantities of milk and neglecting other sources of nutrition. You need more vitamin d than is in milk. ...Read more
Are there any vitamin supplements that you can take that benefit your teeth? Strengthen them? Would calcium help? Or such a thing as regenerating?
Interested in the benefits of vitamin D combined with Vitamin K2. Especially with respect to minimising further calcium build up in arterial arteries.
I advise my patients to take 5-8000 iu of D3/day (esp. Fall and winter) and to take at least 150 mcg of K2/day though up to 15 mg/day is reasonable. See http://tinyurl. Com/2chkcer for more on D, http://www. Needs. Com/product/NDNL-0802-01/a_Vitamin_K about Vit K,
http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/19/vitamin-d-vitamin-k2.aspx ...Read more
I am 24.I have pain in front bones of legs below knee and in ankle bone. It increases on walking faster. I had x-ray, calcium, vit d, but got no benefit.
Does NOT affect your growth. Are you a male?? female?? What are the Heights of your parents??? These are questions which you could answer in a repeat question!
Hope this helps
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Young males may not need calcium supplements at all. Ask your doctor to do a bone density exam, and check your blood levels to determine need, as excess can lead to renal, stones and other problems.
Supplements include oyster shell with vit D,
Ca citrate, or just dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt, and even Ice cream.
First determine the need for replacement. ...Read more
Yes you can: Get a falsely high level of calcium due to different conditions, or simple lab error. If you repeat the test and it still shows high serum calcium, then you need to get more tests to see why. Dehydration, low magnesium, low albumin, and muscle conditions like rhabdomyolysis can cause higher calcium levels in the blood. Of course there are serious diseases like Paget's and cancer too. ...Read more
Essential: Calcium is a mineral that plays an important role in bone health. Calcium is also needed in proper functioning of the heart (to keep it beating), muscles (to keep them bending), and nerves (to keep them firing). Some people who suffer from kidney failure benefit from taking calcium to maintain strong bones. The amount of calcium supplements required in an individual depends on age and gender. ...Read more
1200 mg daily: A good rule of thumb for adults is 1200 mg daily plus what you take in with meals. Calcium supplements usually come in 600 mg tablets and you take one twice daily. They may contain vitamin d in the amount of 400 units each as well, though you can get them without the vit. D. Pending your age, risks, medical conditions etc, you should be safe. If quesitons, ask your pcp about you in particular. ...Read more
1000mg mainly diet: For your age (assuming this is for you) the NIH recommends that you should take 1000mg of calcium. But, most women in the US obtain enough calcium from their diet. Bone loss generally occurs around 30. So, unless you are at high risk of osteoporosis you probably do not need a Calcium supplement, those found in multi-vitamins should be sufficient. ...Read more
Not exactly: You don't exactly want to build up calcium. I think you're trying to build stronger bones. That takes work, i.e. Weight bearing exercise. Just eating calcium rich foods, antacids or calcium supplements without exercise, which forces your body to build and remodel bones, is like topping off your gas tank without driving your car. There are side effects from high calcium and vitamin d levels. ...Read more