Pharmacist Doug White shows you the best way to get bone-building calcium into your diet.
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Doug White: I am pharmacist Doug White inside the medicine chest. We all know that calcium is important for strong bones and teeth and there are many different ways to get the calcium you need. Two main forms of calcium supplements are calcium carbonate and calcium citric they both easily absorbed by our body. Calcium carbonate is basically chart you can find it in the antacid tables and flavored chews, you'll need to take it with food to you make sure you get all of its benefits. Calcium citric comes from citrus, oranges, lemon; lime you may find that is been added to your morning in orange juice. This one can be taken without food and assure taste good my orange. So how much calcium do we need depending on your age and gender the recommendation is any where between 1000-1300 Milli grams of calcium a day. We typically get about 600 mg from our diet, and supplements can make up the difference but don't take more than 5-600 Milli grams at once. Larger amounts absorbed very well and more than 2000 Milli grams a day can lead to kidney problems. Keep in mind also the calcium supplements can reduce the absorption of certain amounts like tetra cycling antibiotic. So don't take them at the same time, what you should take with calcium is vitamin D its kind of like a magnet it helps calcium D absorb in to the bone, the best way to get your calcium is the food, sources include dairy products, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables, tofu and almonds. If you have any questions call your doctor or pharmacists. I'm Doug White inside the medicine chest.