ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM IN YOUR DIET?
We can think of our bones being like a reserve bank for Calcium. When the body has plenty of Calcium for its daily needs, it can deposit Calcium in the bank making the bones stronger. If the body does not get enough Calcium from the diet the body begins to withdraw Calcium from the 'bone bank'.
Both men & women achieve their lifetime peak bone density in their 20s.1 Achieving the greatest possible peak bone density in early adulthood is extremely important for the prevention of osteoporosis in later life.
How Much Calcium Do You Need?
The amount of Calcium you need depends on your age, gender and the type of food that you eat. Refer to the table below to see whether you are getting enough Calcium daily:
Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) of Calcium
19 - 50
51 - 70 years
1200 mg (female)
> 70 year
How Much Food Can Met your Daily Calcium Needs?
To get the daily recomended amount of elemental Calcium from your diet, you will need: