Taking calcium for bone health Taking calcium for bone health

Taking calcium for bone health

All natural 22 August, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E. 0


The body needs calcium to build strong bones when you are young, and to keep bones stable as you get older. So how much calcium do you need every day?

The following are the suggested amounts for different population groups:

Women:

Women between ages 19 and 50 need 1,000 mg (milligrams).

Women age 51 or older need 1,200 mg.

Men:

Men between ages 19 and 70 need 1,000 mg.

Men age 71 or older need 1,200 mg.

Children:

Children between age 1 and 3 need 700 mg.

Children between age 4 and 8 need 1,000 mg.

Children between age 9 and 18 need 1,300 mg.

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion states that calcium can prevent osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bones to become brittle and fracture more easily.

Keep in mind

The percentage of the recommended daily value on nutrition labels is known by the acronym, “DV.” This percentage indicates the suggested amount of each nutrient the body needs that is found in a serving of food, such as with calcium, for example.

Example:

  • A cup of low-fat milk contains about 300 milligrams of calcium (30% of the recommended daily value).
  • A glass of calcium-enriched orange juice has approximately 350 mg of calcium (35% of the recommended daily value).

Related article: Calcium: Why do we need it?


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