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Which calcium supplement is best absorbed by the body? Well, the most absorbent supplement you can take to up your calcium dose is calcium citrate. This is a very easily absorbent form of the mineral which can develop muscles, strengthen bones and regulate the secretion of hormones.
Calcium citrate is the most flexible calcium supplement too – as you can have it with or without food. The other common type of supplement, calcium carbonate, is harder to digest and so needs to be taken with a meal in order to help the process.
One of the most important things, however – whether you take calcium citrate or calcium carbonate – is to take your supplement with vitamin D. This nutrient aids absorbency and inhibits the loss of calcium via the digestion system. Without vitamin D, a lot of the calcium that we digest would be lost through urine.
However, what is easily absorbed might not necessarily be the right type of calcium for you. If you are taking calcium supplements for the first time, it is advisable to try different brands, different dosages and see what agrees for you. There aren’t any major side effects to most types of calcium supplements, however, if you feel gassy or similar, change your product and see if something else agrees better.
There are several different types of calcium compounds which are used in calcium supplement products. Each compound contains different amounts of calcium, which in supplements, is called elemental calcium.
The compounds are as follows:
- Calcium carbonate (40 percent elemental calcium)
- Calcium citrate (21 percent elemental calcium)
- Calcium gluconate (9 percent elemental calcium)
- Calcium lactate (13 percent elemental calcium)
Some of these products will be mixed with different vitamins and minerals. To aid absorbency, some manufacturers mix their calcium supplements with vitamin D. Other products are mixed with magnesium or some other vitamin.
Check the ingredient list to see which form of calcium your calcium supplement is and what other nutrients it may contain. This information is important if you have any health or dietary concerns.