A year ago I read that a recent study (then) found that people who took calcium in pill form were 25% more likely to have a heart attack than those who didn't. If you are taking calcium supplements, discuss that with your doctor and follow his/her advice.
It is recommended in most cases that one has 1,000 mg of calcium a day or 1,200 mg if you are over 50. Here are some tips to help you get that calcium without taking a supplement.
- The body can't absorb large amounts of calcium at once. That means your calcium consumption is best spread throughout the day in smaller increments rather than a large dose tablet at once.
- Aim for one calcium-rich food per meal/snack - ideas include 1 cup skim milk in the morning, 1/2 cup almonds as a snack, low-fat yogurt with lunch, 1 cup broccoli at dinner, a glass of milk rather than coffee with dessert. These are just ideas, base your consumption on your own tastes and circumstances.
- When buying juices and bread, opt for the calcium-fortified products. Read the nutritional panel to get the amount of calcium per serving. As you know, I always encourage you to read the nutritional panel on all food products.