Calcium is the most popular mineral supplement on the market, yet certain calcium compound in tablet form are often poorly absorbed by the digestive systems of older people. The Life Extension Foundation Buyers Club supplies calcium supplements and almost all other mineral only in the form of finely divided mineral powders within capsules that easily disintegrate in the stomach for optimal absorption. Studies have also shown that certain compounds of some minerals are absorbed better than others.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body where it is primarily found in bones and teeth. In bone formation, calcium forms crystals that provide strength to maturing bone. Peak bone mass is usually achieved when people are in their twenties.
Benefits of calcium supplements
Calcium is needed for more than just healthy bones. It is also important for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction and expansion, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. A meta-analysis of 56 clinical trials demonstrated a significant impact on heart health resulting from increasing calcium intake by 1000 to 2000 mg/day. In addition, recent evidence suggests that increased intake of calcium may help in weight control as well.
Calcium and other minerals are best not taken with fiber, because fiber can interfere with their absorption. There is evidence that calcium supplements and dairy foods may inhibit iron absorption, although it has been very difficult to distinguish between the effects of calcium on iron absorption versus other inhibitory factors such as phytate.
Therefore, if you are iron deficient, it may be best to avoid taking calcium with meals. Calcium supplements are best administered at dinner and/or bedtime. They should always be taken with a full glass of water, juice, or other liquid to enhance solubility. If calcium supplements are taken only once daily they may be best taken in the evening.
Calcium supplements and your bones
Calcium is an essential mineral that is often inadequately supplied, inefficiently absorbed, or excreted faster than it is being assimilated. The citrate salt of calcium has been documented to be well absorbed and utilized by the body. This is the form many doctors and nutritionists recommend. Calcium citrate dissolves easily even if one doesn’t have much stomach acid. Many people naturally produce less acid as they age, so calcium citrate is a good choice for older adults. Also critically important is the addition of vitamin D3 which stimulates calcium absorption and promotes healthy bone density.
1 capsule, 300 servings per container
Contains soybeans. Contains corn.
gelatin, magnesium stearate, sucrose, corn starch, D,L-alpha-tocopherol, stearic acid.
• Take one capsule one to seven times daily with meals, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner. • For women over age 35, 1500 to 2000 mg of elemental calcium is suggested. • For men and women under age 35, 1000 mg elemental calcium is suggested. • Check the calcium content of other supplements you are taking to determine how much additional calcium should be supplemented.
Does Not Contain
This product contains no milk, egg, fish, peanuts, crustacean shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp), tree nuts, wheat, yeast, gluten, or rice. Contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.
CAUTION: Large doses of vitamin D3 (over 1900 IU/day) may cause hypercalcemia, a decrease in renal function, and nephrocalcinosis. Monthly blood tests to monitor serum calcium and parathyroid hormone levels should be done to protect against vitamin D3 toxicity when high doses are consumed on a regular basis. Underlying kidney disease may preclude high dose vitamin D3 supplementation. WARNINGS: Keep out of reach of children. Do not exceed recommended dose. Do not purchase if outer seal is broken or damaged. If you have a bad reaction to product discontinue use immediately. When using nutritional supplements, please inform your physician if you are undergoing treatment for a medical condition or if you are pregnant or lactating.
Serving Size is 1 capsule*Daily Value (DV) not established.
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