Meet Dr. Donnica Video Introduction TV Appearances

Diseases & Conditions Today on DrDonnica.com Clinical Trials Decisionnaires FAQs Top Tips Fast Facts Debunking Myths News Alerts Celebrity Speak Out Guest Experts Women's Health Champions Books Women's Health Resources

Mission Privacy Policy Sponsors Press Room What's New? Contact Us

This website is accredited by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.


Hope Award

Send to a Friend
Calcium 101: How Do I Know Which Supplements to take and how much?

The average 44 yr. old American woman has a calcium intake of 440 mg per day, only one third of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).  Menopausal women need even more daily calcium:  1500 mg, whether or not they take estrogen replacement therapy as well.  Its a challenge to get this from your diet, especially if you are trying to count calories, control cholesterol, do the Atkins diet, or are lactose intolerant.  Taking calcium supplements is a fine alternative.

Many foods are calcium fortified, like orange juice.  Calcium supplements also come in tasty, multi-flavored chewable forms like Tums.  The latest product is the Viactiv line of chocolates and caramels with only 20 calories each.  Women who prefer pills have many choices.  Just be sure to check the labels for elemental calcium content-not just the total.  If taking generics, be sure that the product dissolves by soaking it in a half cup of vinegar and water.  If it doesn't in 30 minutes, try a different brand.  Multivitamins don't generally have much calcium; read the label.  If you take iron and calcium, take them at different times.  If you get constipated, take your calcium in divided doses with a full glass of water. 

Click here for related information.

Created: 10/25/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.
Reviewed: 6/30/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

All the content contained herein is copyrighted pursuant to federal law. Duplication or use without
the express written permission of DrDonnica.com subjects the violator to both civil & criminal penalties.
Copyright © 2006 DrDonnica.com. All rights reserved.

Home | Today on DrDonnica.com | Meet Dr. Donnica | TV Appearances | Clinical Trials
Diseases & Conditions | Decisionnaires | Celebrity Speak Out | Guest Experts | Women's Health Champions
FAQs | Women’s Health Resources | Archive | Books & Tapes | Site Certification | Advanced Search
Mission | What’s New? | Press Room | Privacy Policy | Sponsors | Partners | Contact Us