Am I getting enough calcium?
One of the most frequent questions we get from our women patients pertains to calcium and “am I getting enough?”
Our answer is “yes, you’re getting enough calcium if you’re eating a normal diet. What you most likely need to increase is your magnesium and vitamin D intake.”
About 400 mg of magnesium a day accomplishes two things: (1) ensures you retain the calcium you take in, (2) works in your bones to balance your calcium. Read more about vitamin D at this link.
Calcium is everywhere these days -- in bread, milk, orange juice, pasta, yogurt, toothpaste, chewing gum, snack crackers, granola bars and more. It’s even in your drinking water.
As long as you eat anywhere near a normal diet, you are taking in about 800 mg of calcium every day – which is plenty.
Maximum bone density is achieved by age 30. When we really need to concentrate on getting our calcium is in our childhood, teenage years and up to age 30.
Postmenopausal women and calcium
It is commonly recommended that postmenopausal women take additional calcium to strengthen their bones. However, no studies have ever shown that supplemental calcium after menopause increases bone density or decreases fracture risk. In fact, too much calcium may be detrimental.
Several studies over the past five years have reported that women taking calcium supplements and having too much calcium in their bodies were 30% - 50% more likely to have heart attacks compared with women who maintained a normal amount of calcium.
If you have any questions about your calcium, magnesium or vitamin D intake, feel free to contact us at (757) 410-5465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Synergy, located in Chesapeake, Virginia, is an integrative medical center for women that combines the best of traditional and holistic medicine. We specialize in integrative treatments for postmenopausal women, menopause, sleep disorders, fatigue, loss of energy, calcium, calcium supplements,digestive problems, gynecologic problems, and chronic medical conditions including chronic pain. Our services include bioidentical hormone treatment, hormone replacement therapy, anti-aging medicine, cancer treatment therapy, medical acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutritional medicine. The integrative center serves women in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore, Richmond, Virginia, and North Carolina.
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