While many may know that calcium is needed to build healthy bones eat enough of it can be difficult. For this reason take a pill or another form of calcium can help to correct deficiencies. Such forms of calcium calcium citrate have been shown to increase the calcium level in the body bone strength
Who should not take Calcium Citrate?
Before you start taking calcium citrate supplements it is important to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking calcium citrate will interfere with any medication you are taking or conditions you have. Those with kidney stones or kidney disease parathyroid should not take calcium citrate. Moreover take tetracycline antibiotics such as Sumycin Monodox Minocin or Terramycin cause calcium citrate disturbing gastric acidity.
How much and when should I take it?
The Food Drug Administration’s recommendation for a daily intake of calcium is 1 200 to 1 500 mg per day. If the doctor removes you to take calcium citrate is a recommendation of 1 000 mg per day the maximum that should be (remember that a glass of milk contains about 300 mg of calcium so you should eat more food sources as well). Because the body can not effectively absorb more than 500 mg at a time you might want to take 500 mg twice daily. Taking too much calcium can cause side effects such as gas bloating and constipation.
Calcium citrate is available in a variety of forms including pills or effervescent powder. One common form is Citracal while several options are available at local pharmacies. You might want to take an extra vitamin D supplement or 600-800 international units (IUs) a day to help calcium absorption.
What results will I see?
Calcium citrate is considered to be a better form of calcium than other alternatives (such as calcium carbonate) because calcium citrate is more bioavailable meaning it can be absorbed by the body more quickly and thoroughly than other forms of calcium. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that calcium citrate was 2.5 times more efficient absorption than calcium carbonate. Not only citrate calcium enhance bone growth prohibits the production of parathyroid hormone (PTH) which is responsible for age-related bone loss.