Calcium is necessary for bone growth and development, and for maintaining heart, muscle and blood vessel function. Adequate calcium may be obtained from your diet. However, a calcium supplement may be beneficial if your diet is low in calcium-rich foods.
Our calcium needs increase from birth to age 18, which are the peak years for bone development. After that, our calcium needs decrease a bit during the bone maintenance phase. Later in life our calcium needs increase again as our body’s ability to absorb calcium begins to decline. Here are your needs:
Dairy products are good sources of calcium. But there are also many non-dairy sources as well, including some fish, dark leafy greens and soy products. Here are some good sources: