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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is Calcium? What is the advantage of Calcium carbonate?

Calcium is a natural element that plays a role in bone health, as well as a variety of other physiological functions such as blood pressure, blood clotting, normal heart beat and nerve circulation. Calcium can be found in milk and other dairy products, in broccoli and other dark green vegetables and in salmon and sardines.
Calcium supplements are available in different forms, including Calcium carbonate, citrate, gluconate, lactate, dolomite and coral Calcium. Most supplements are made with either Calcium carbonate or Calcium citrate.

Why is Calcium important?

Calcium is an essential nutrient that helps build healthy teeth and bones and plays a role in muscle contraction, blood clotting and nerve function. That's why it is important to get enough Calcium every day and to build and maintain bone mineral density throughout your life. Recent scientific research has determined that even post-menopausal women can benefit from greater Calcium intake.1

Why should Calcium be taken in conjunction with Vitamin D?

Vitamin D helps your body absorb Calcium, supports muscle strength hence reduces the risk of falls and fractures. Vitamin D is either derived from the diet or produced by our exposure to sunshine. So in addition to getting enough Calcium in your diet through food or supplements, you must be sure to get enough Vitamin D as well, to help in Calcium absorption.

Where is Calcium absorbed in the system?

Calcium absorption takes place in the small intestine.

When should I take Caltrate®?

Calcium supplements are absorbed best when taken with food. For best results, the dose should be divided, with 1 tablet taken in the morning and 1 at night.

Is the Calcium in Caltrate® from oyster shells?

No, the Calcium in Caltrate® is NOT from oyster shells. It is derived from Calcium carbonate which is commonly added to foods to fortify products.