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Doctor insights on: Calcium Citrate Vs Calcium Pyruvate

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What is the difference between calcium citrate vs calcium pyruvate?

What is the difference between calcium citrate vs calcium pyruvate?

Depends on use: Calcium pyruvate is currently being pushed as a supplement for weight loss, but without proof. It has not been evaluated for treatment or prevention of osteoporosis and is considerably more expensive than calcium citrate.

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What are the pros and cons of calcium citrate vs. Calcium carbonate for osteoporosis?

What are the pros and cons of calcium citrate vs. Calcium carbonate for osteoporosis?

Absorption: Citrate is a little easier to absorb and more calcium dense. Both work if you take enough, take them properly, and make sure you get in at least 2, 000 units of vitamin d3 a day. If you truly have osteoporosis, your doctor may want you to take additional medication as well.

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Is it actually healthy for a 17 year old male to take calcium citrate?

Is it actually healthy for a 17 year old male to take calcium citrate?

Yes: About 1000 mg a day with vitamin d3. Vit d is needed to help absorb the calcium.

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I have benign fasiculation syndrome; however, calcium citrate controls it to the point I feel cured. My calcium level is normal. Why?

I have benign fasiculation syndrome; however, calcium citrate controls it to the point I feel cured. My calcium level is normal. Why?

Don't know: We do not know what causes this condition. We do know most people get better with time and no other treatment. If the calcium citrate works for you and you have no side effects from it, I would continue it. Sorry I could not provider a better answer. This is a condition we do not understand very well. Best of luck. Dr R

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How much magnesium glycinate should I take with 1000mg of calcium citrate a day (for osteoporosis)?

How much magnesium glycinate should I take with 1000mg of calcium citrate a day (for osteoporosis)?

Generally none: Check w/your doctor. Magnesium can interfere with the absorption of calcium if you take them together. You don't need to replace magnesium unless you're deficient.

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How far apart should multivitamins and calcium citrate supplements be taken?

How far apart should multivitamins and calcium citrate supplements be taken?

No time limit: Multivitamins and calcium supplements actually can be taken together. Vitamins in general are relatively easy to absorb under normal condition and calcium does not prevent their absorption and the reverse is also true...So, take them whenever it is convenient for you. Stay well. Keep healthy. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Good luck.

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What's the difference between calcium citrate and calcium carbonate?

What's the difference between calcium citrate and calcium carbonate?

Absorption: Calcium citrate and calcium carbonate are calcium supplements which are recommended to people who do not use dairy products. Calcium carbonate is not well absorbed in people who have low amounts of acid in the stomach. Calcium citrate is well absorbed in the absence of acid.

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Does calcium citrate prevent kidney stones?

Does calcium citrate prevent kidney stones?

Calcium citrate: No, calcium citrate will not prevent kidney stones. The calcium is too much and the citrate is not enough. Citrate is relevant as a strone preventer, but you should get citrate from lemon, orange, and Urocit K and Bicitra (citric acid and sodium citrate) and Polycitra.

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What is better for bones? Calcium carbonate or calcium citrate?

What is better for bones? Calcium carbonate or calcium citrate?

Either ok: Either form of calcium is reasonable to take as a supplement. Choose a form that you won't mind taking as some are definitely more palatable than others. Calcium citrate may be somewhat better absorbed as calcium is best absorbed with some acid. In general, what is more important is to space out your calcium consumption throughout the day as possible since if you take all your calcium at one time it is not well absorbed.

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Is calcium citrate for kidney stone patient safe?

Is calcium citrate for kidney stone patient safe?

Relatively safe: The citrate in calcium citrate is helpful to prevent stone disease. Calcium however could increase calcium excretion in urine. It has the potential of binding oxalate in the gut which is a beneficial effect. If using calcium citrate, need your doc to evaluate your 24 hour calcium excretion in urine to ascertain that the total calcium excretion in urine is not elevated.

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How is calcium citrate diferent from standard calcium supplement? That's having magnesium &zinc added. Which type of calcium I shd take, I can't ve dairy

How is calcium citrate diferent from standard calcium supplement? That's having magnesium &zinc added. Which type of calcium I shd take, I can't ve dairy

Citrate preferred: Calcium citrate can be easily absorbed and dissolved when compared to calcium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Magnesium is often added because it may provide further benefit and because it tends to counter the constipating effect of calcium.

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Is calcium carbonate a better calcium supplement than calcium citrate?

No: No, the only difference is that the former is better taken with food whereas the latter (calcium citrate) can be taken on an empty stomach.

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What calcium supplement should I use, calcium carbonate or calcium citrate?

Either: Just make sure you take the proper amount to balance with your diet and take 2000 units vitamin d3 as well, citrate is easier to absorb and doesn't need to be taken with meals, but can be more expensive and less "calcium dense" per pill.

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Which is a better calcium supplement: calcium carbonate or calcium citrate? Why?

Calcium: Not much to choose from. Go to the drug store and look at the several options for calcium. Carefully read the comments on each one and choose the one you think is best for you. Try focusing on the less expensive end.