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Calcium is critical

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It is never too early to include calcium in your daily diet.

From infant to the “elderly,” calcium is an essential mineral required for the proper formation of bones, as well as to keep bones strong throughout our lives.

Adequate calcium as part of a healthy diet, along with physical activity, may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a serious medical condition where the bones become brittle and week, often from deficiency of calcium.

Researchers have found that osteoporosis is the result of calcium being drawn away from bones without being replaced, leaving bones fragile and prone to breaks.

But calcium is often difficult to get from diet alone.

The primary source of calcium for most Americans is in dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Other good sources include fish like sardines or salmon, tofu, fortified orange juice, beans and leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc.).

Take Action

Most people cannot get adequate levels of calcium just from foods. Supplements can help.

When choosing a supplement, read the label carefully and choose a product with calcium citrate.

Calcium citrate does not need stomach acid to be broken down: it has a high level of absorption even when taken on an empty stomach.

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