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We all hear that calcium is important for tooth and bone health, but how much do we really need to consume?

It isn’t a straight answer across the board. Calcium is age dependent, with pregnant women and seniors requiring the most.

 

Calcium Requirements by age:

Infants from birth to 1 year: 400-600 mg

Children ages 1-10: 800 mg
Preteens and teenagers: 1,200 – 1,500 mg
Adults: 1,200 mg
Pregnant women: 1,500 – 2,000 mg
Lactating women: 1,200 – 1,500 mg
Seniors: 1,500 mg

 

Calcium doesn’t have to be consumed through dairy or fortified products such as cereals. Soybeans, dark leafy greens such as swiss chard and kale, tofu, and sardines are all excellent sources of calcium. Remember– your body can’t absorb calcium without the added ingredient of vitamin D. Sunlight, eggs, butter, fatty fish, and most calcium fortified foods all contain vitamin D.

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