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Calcium citrate and calcium carbonate are the most popular forms of calcium supplement. Both are taken daily by people up and down the UK, in order to boost their mineral intake.
But what is the difference between calcium citrate and calcium carbonate?
Both types of supplement are good sources of calcium which is used by the body for the building and generation of cells, muscle growth, bone development and many other vital uses.
The main differences between the two supplements are the flexibility of use. In short, main advantages of each one is as follows:
- Has to be taken with a meal for absorption purposes
- Can be taken with or without a meal
- Easier on the digestive system than calcium carbonate.
Calcium carbonate is slighter tougher to digest than calcium citrate, therefore it is recommended that the supplement is taken with a meal. Calcium citrate is a lot gentler, so can be downed with a glass of water first thing in the morning, last thing at night or taken with a meal. This makes it the recommended choice for older people, people with digestive problems, and anyone with lower than normal stomach acid, as well as those individuals who suffer chronic heart burn or acid reflux.
If you’re wondering what the best calcium supplement is for you – speak to your GP or health provider. They may be able to give you a better insight in what is best for your body. Calcium supplements are not recommended for everyone. There are patients who are advised not to take calcium – those who suffer from hypocalcemia, or are on certain medication.
Your doctor will also be able to provide you on the exact dosage you need. Some people require slightly higher dosage than others, depending on their lifestyle, gender and age – so make sure you receive expert advice before settling on the right calcium supplement for you.