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Calcium supplements are used by people to increase their intake
of calcium, a mineral the body needs to make bones and teeth.
When you are choosing a calcium supplement, it is important to know the amount of elemental
calcium in the recommended dose. Elemental calcium is the amount of calcium
that is actually used by the body. Consumers are advised to look at the amount
of elemental calcium in each tablet in a supplement, as opposed to the strength of
each tablet, which includes other substances.
Types of calcium
A person who takes calcium supplements should drink plenty of
water and take other steps to avoid constipation.
bonemeal, oyster shell, and dolomite contain calcium naturally but may also
contain heavy metals, particularly lead.
November 6, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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