5 Ways to get the most benefit from Calcium

Look at your supplement, avoid the form called Calcium Carbonate. It is basically chalk, and not well absorbed into the bones. It is an inexpensive form, and yields high milligrams (mgs) per serving, so it looks like you are getting a lot of Calcium. While this is true, you are getting a form which your body does not easily utilize properly.

Make sure there is Magnesium in the Calcium supplement. Preferably a 1:1 ratio (equal parts calcium to magnesium), or better yet, a reverse ratio (more magnesium than calcium). An added bonus to the formula would be vitamins D and K.

Eat more greens and consume less dairy. Don’t be fooled into thinking that drinking more milk and eating more yogurt or cheese will increase you calcium absorption. In fact, calcium competes with the protein in dairy, which actually limits absorption. Dark leafy greens contain easily absorbable calcium as well as many other minerals.

Take your calcium supplement at night. This is when your body does most of its repair and rebuilding. Calcium can also help you to relax, which may lead to better sleep.

Take in divided doses if taking high mgs. Our body cannot absorb more than about 250 mgs of calcium at a time, therefore  if you are taking *1000-1500 mg a day, it’s best to split those up! *This is the dose doctors typically recommend for women, but keep in mind they are not educating you on how calcium is really measured/labeled. So no matter what you think the label says, you are probably not taking, or absorbing, the amount of pure Calcium that you think you are. This explanation can be found here.

Follow these 5 tips, and you can feel confident that you will be getting the most benefit from calcium!

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