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How Important Is Calcium In Your Diet
Very: Calcium is very important- it helps build strong bones-- the body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. In addition, calcium is used to help blood vessels move blood throughout the body and to help release hormones and enzymes that affect almost every function in the human body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
A pill: Take a pill containing 600 mg of calcium and 400 mg of vitamin d. Take one pill or take two a day depending on your diet. Its the easiest and probably the cheapest most cost effective way to do it. There is a brand out there that sells 500 pills of the above for $5.00. That is two pills a day for 3/4 of a year for pennies. ...Read more
Food sources: Sardines, Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, turnip and collard greens, fortified cereals, fortified orange juice, soybeans, fortified soy milk (check label, not all are fortified), enriched breads, grains and then of course you can take calcium and vitamin D supplements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My diet is mostly whole grains and calcium. I eat fruit and vegetables occasionally. Is this okay?
Fem:40yrs:taking vit d 60k iu per week for 8 weeks, then once in 15 days for a month. I get 500mg calcium from diet? Can I take 400iu with calcium?
Probably, yes: Best to speak to your treating md. As long as he/she is checking your vitamin d levels to monitor your response to treatment the extra 400 iu should be fine. Make sure you are getting levels rechecked as directed and tell your md about it at your next visit so he/she is aware. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very unlikely: You would have to take in a large amount of vitamin d and calcium in order to produce significantly high blood calcium levels. In the past people could get "milk alkali syndrome" by consuming large amounts of milk (containing calcium and vit d), as well as antacids that contained calcium, in order to treat peptic ulcer disease. This syndrome is very rare today. ...Read more
Many good sources!: Many! cheese and milk, sesame seeds-tofu-almonds-flax seeds-greens-brocholli-brazil nuts- in descending order. You should easily acquire the mdr of calcium eating these! also flax seed had omega-3 (best non-fish source), and the greens-vitamins galore, and the nuts-monosaturated fats and fiber! voila! go for 1000mg/day from any combination of these! ...Read more
Too late!: Sorry to give you disappointing news, but it is rare to grow after age 16-18, in fact most girls stop growing around age 14. Bone growth is caused by "growth plates" and once the growth plates close (usually 2-3 years after puberty) the bones are unable to grow. You need to accept your current height. However, calcium & d will improve bone density, esp. If you take with vit. K. ...Read more
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