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How do I choose the calcium supplement that is right for me?
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Dr. Ray Holt
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Read labels
Use calcium citrate, it's better absorbed than calcium carbonate.
Shoot for around 1000-1200mg a day combined in food and supplements. If you take a supplement don't take any more than about 600mg at a time because you won't absorb more than that all at once. And don't forget about vitamin d3. You can find a supplement with both calcium and d3 in a combined pill. And generics are fine.

In brief: Read labels
Use calcium citrate, it's better absorbed than calcium carbonate.
Shoot for around 1000-1200mg a day combined in food and supplements. If you take a supplement don't take any more than about 600mg at a time because you won't absorb more than that all at once. And don't forget about vitamin d3. You can find a supplement with both calcium and d3 in a combined pill. And generics are fine.
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt
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Dr. Frederick Singer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Dairy products
Milk and yogurt provide an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus (also necessary for bone health).
8 ounces of either provide about 300 mg of calcium. Three servings a day provides adequate calcium. Calcium carbonate, calcium citrate and calcium phosphate are good supplements. One might be better tolerated than the others.

In brief: Dairy products
Milk and yogurt provide an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus (also necessary for bone health).
8 ounces of either provide about 300 mg of calcium. Three servings a day provides adequate calcium. Calcium carbonate, calcium citrate and calcium phosphate are good supplements. One might be better tolerated than the others.
Dr. Frederick Singer
Dr. Frederick Singer
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Dr. Frederick Singer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Trial and error
Generally all calcium supplements are well tolerated but some individuals may have minor side effects with one or another. Constipation is probably most common.
Calcium carbonate is fine to start with but others can be tried if it is not tolerated.

In brief: Trial and error
Generally all calcium supplements are well tolerated but some individuals may have minor side effects with one or another. Constipation is probably most common.
Calcium carbonate is fine to start with but others can be tried if it is not tolerated.
Dr. Frederick Singer
Dr. Frederick Singer
Thank
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