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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Who Needs Calcium Supplements?

This special guest article is by Adrienne Carlson of Pharmacy Technician Certification. Adrienne brings a passion for producing reliable and informative pieces, while also exploring the latest in technology and resources. Enjoy the article!

Who Needs Calcium Supplements?

It’s one of the most important minerals that our body needs, because the strength of our bones and nails depend on it. Calcium is found in various food sources, most significantly in milk and other dairy products, salmon and tofu. Some of us need much more of this mineral than others, and this is why we need supplements to meet our daily requirement. In general, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults and teenagers is between 800 and 1200 mg, for children between the ages of four and ten is 800 mg, and for newborns and kids under the age of three, the RDA is between 400 and 800 mg. Calcium supplements are generally needed by:

• People who are allergic to dairy products: When you’re allergic to the proteins found in milk and other dairy products, you do not get your required dose of calcium. This calls for supplements so that your bones do not become brittle and prone to injuries and fractures.

• People who are vegans: When you don’t eat dairy or meat products voluntarily because you believe in not harming animals for your food, you lose out on the goodness that milk and fish have to offer. More importantly, you don’t get your daily requirement of calcium and have to depend on substitutes like orange juice, cereals that are fortified with calcium, tofu, and supplements.

• People who have lactose intolerance: When you have lactose intolerance, your digestive system does not have the required enzymes to process the sugar in milk. You could either take supplements or try yoghurt as a substitute. Since there is no sugar in yoghurt, you’re safe from digestive problems.

• Pregnant women and nursing mothers: When you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you require more calcium than normal because you are eating for two. Your RDA is about 1200 to 1500 mg. This means you must drink more milk or take supplements to meet your daily requirement.

• Women who have stopped menstruating: When you cross the age of 40 or 50, you stop menstruating. This decreases the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in your body, and your bones become weaker and more brittle leaving you prone to osteoporosis and other ailments. Calcium supplements protect you from aches and pains in your joints and unnecessary fractures.

People who already have high levels of calcium in their body are prone to kidney stones and other complications if they take supplements because their bodies cannot process the extra amount.

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This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of pharmacy technician certification. Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address:


  • At October 30, 2009 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ann S.
    I have to agree, calcium is so important in your everyday diet and is something that should not be eliminated. Our bodies rely so much on calcium in order to ensure that our bones stay strong and healthy, as we get older they can become brittle and I cannot even imagine the impact that would have on someone that has eliminated calcium completely. Our health guide clearly states how important calcium is in our diets; cheese and milk are very beneficial.

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