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What kind of calcium you should take is a completely personal choice. Some people prefer one type of supplement to another. Your doctor might be able to help you narrow the choice down, but the actual kind of calcium is up to you.
However, we can give you some helpful pointers when you are shopping around for the best kind of supplement for you. Here’s a few thing to look out for:
There are a few individuals who experience mild side effects. Most instances, people feel nothing after taking them. However, some side effects include gas, constipation or bloating. If you want to avoid digestive problems, avoid taking calcium carbonate. However, we do advise you sample different brands and products to see if there are any effects.
Look on the label and you will be able to read the elemental calcium amount in each tablet. This is important as it this which is the key ingredient. You need to be able to work out how much calcium, if any, is in your diet and how much calcium you need. Most healthy adults require around 1000mg, and these are best taken in installments. For example, calcium carbonate is 40 percent elemental calcium, so 1,250 milligrams (mg) of calcium carbonate contains 500 mg of elemental calcium. Be sure to note the serving size (number of tablets) when determining how much calcium is in one serving.
The body absorbs calcium more effectively in small amounts. All varieties of calcium supplements are better absorbed when taken in small doses (500 mg or less) at mealtimes. Calcium citrate is absorbed equally well when taken with or without food and is a form recommended for individuals with low stomach acid (more common in people over 50 or taking acid blockers), inflammatory bowel disease or absorption disorders.
On any other medication?
Your doctor should be able to help you out with this one. If you are any medication, it is worth finding out whether a supplement will effect existing medication. Calcium pills can interact with some drugs including including blood pressure medications, synthetic thyroid hormones, bisphosphonates, antibiotics and calcium channel blockers.
Calcium supplements are available in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, chews, liquids and powders. If you don’t like swallowing pills, you may want a chewable or liquid calcium supplement.