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Could You Be Getting Too Much Calcium?

In the past couple years, there have been studies coming out which state that using calcium supplements can be harmful. It is important to reevaluate the use of calcium supplements and how much calcium should be consumed throughout the day.

Current recommendations state that we should be getting a total of 1000mg to 1200mg calcium daily based on age. We need to keep in mind that total calcium includes what we consume through our diets daily. There are many things that we consume throughout the day that either naturally contain calcium (dairy products) or have been fortified with it (orange juice or cereals). If you get enough calcium in your diet there may not be a need to supplement (or maybe just a low dose).

The risk of heart disease could be decreased by simply evaluating daily calcium intake and adjusting so that you’re not getting more than 1000-1200 mg daily. Even though no concrete recommendation has been made for how much calcium you should be getting from a supplement, it may be a good idea to recommend 500mg or less to avoid an increased risk of heart disease or death. Contact our expert pharmacists if you have questions about calcium and supplements.