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What are calcium supplements?


People who don't get enough calcium in their diets or who need additional calcium for other reasons may use calcium supplements. Children and adults alike can use calcium, but it is important that the doses are adjusted for age groups and calcium need. Calcium supplements are known to be beneficial for:

  • Low calcium levels
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • High phosphate levels
  • Osteoporosis and other bone diseases
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Fetal and infantile bone strength
  • Symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Is calcium safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers?

When taken as directed, calcium is safe for pregnant and nursing women. In fact, doctors recommend calcium supplements for pregnant and nursing women. Taking calcium while pregnant encourages healthy development and growth of the unborn child. Taking calcium while breastfeeding will help enrich breast milk with calcium. However, it is important to note that taking too much calcium can harm both the child and the mother.

Are calcium supplements beneficial for men?

Calcium supplements are beneficial for people both male and female who don't get all of the calcium they need from their diets. It is recommended that men between the ages of 19 and 50 need 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day, and that amount rises to 1,200 milligrams for men over age 50 because they may lose bone density as they age. If you don't think you consume the calcium your body needs, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about calcium supplements.

Sometimes people with other conditions take calcium, but calcium has not yet been proven for uses other than the above.

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