Do Women Actually Need A Lot Calcium

 

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The minimum daily calcium requirement for women 50 and younger is 1,000 milligrams a day and for women over 50 it’s 1,200 milligrams. For those of us in midlife, we’d need to drink four 8-ounce glasses of skim milk a day to get the recommended amount. The minimum daily calcium requirement for women age 50 and younger is 1,000 milligrams a day; for women over 50, it’s 1,200 milligrams. For those of us in midlife, we’d need to drink four 8-ounce glasses of skim milk a day to get the recommended amount. 31 rows · Sep 11, 2019 · Like many women, you may have memorized the minimum daily calcium.

The minimum daily calcium requirement for women 50 and younger is 1,000 milligrams a day and for women over 50 it’s 1,200 milligrams. For those of us in midlife, we’d need to drink four 8-ounce glasses of skim milk a day to get the recommended amount. As You Age Women need more calcium early on, during childhood, because that’s when bones begin soaking up this nutrient in preparation for adulthood. According to the National Institutes of Health, infants need about 200 to 260 mg per day.

Creighton researchers looked at more than 11,000 women and evaluated how much calcium they got. The results revealed that 85% of postmenopausal women only got on average 727 milligrams of calcium. How much calcium you need depends on your age and sex.

Note that the upper limit in the chart represents the safe boundary — it’s not how much you should aim to get. If you exceed the upper limit, you may increase your risk of health problems related to excessive calcium. “Most people can get adequate calcium through their diet if they make an effort.” Women ages 19 to 50 should consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day, and the target for women over 50 is 1,200 milligrams per day. Good dietary sources of calcium include: Almonds.

Calcium supplements can help fill the gap between how much calcium you get in your diet and how much you need per day. Remember, the recommended amount for most adults is. While our government recommends at least 1,000 mg of calcium daily for most adults, we really don’t know exactly how much calcium we need each day.

If you do take calcium supplements, some studies suggest that supplementing calcium alone may increase the risk of osteoporosis. Calcium may be most beneficial when it is consumed with the right amount of vitamins D, K2, A.

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Men need calcium supplementation as much as women.

“The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body” by Jeffry S. Life
from The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body
by Jeffry S. Life
Atria Books, 2011

Studies have indicated that premenopausal women need more than 1,000 mg/day of calcium, and postmenopausal women need 1,500 mg of calcium daily.58 Most Canadian women do not consume a sufficient quantity of dairy products to meet their calcium needs; thus, calcium supplementation is recommended.

“Porth Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States” by Ruth A. Hannon, Charlotte Pooler, Carol Mattson Porth
from Porth Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States
by Ruth A. Hannon, Charlotte Pooler, Carol Mattson Porth
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

However, some women have difficulty obtaining enough calcium from foods alone, especially if they avoid dairy products.

“Encyclopedia of Women's Health” by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic
from Encyclopedia of Women’s Health
by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic
Springer US, 2004

Whereas adult men and women are estimated to need only 800 mg of calcium a day, boys and girls between the ages of eleven and eighteen are said to need 1,200 mg, despite their smaller size, since they are busily building bones and teeth.

“Diet & Nutrition: A Holistic Approach” by Rudolph Ballentine
from Diet & Nutrition: A Holistic Approach
by Rudolph Ballentine
Himalayan International Institute, 1978

Ironically, women, who need calcium even more than men do, are more likely to turn away from calcium-rich foods because they’re more worried about their waistlines than their bones, she says.

“The Doctors Book of Food Remedies: The Latest Findings on the Power of Food to Treat and Prevent Health Problems From Aging and Diabetes to Ulcers and Yeast Infections” by Selene Yeager, Editors of Prevention
from The Doctors Book of Food Remedies: The Latest Findings on the Power of Food to Treat and Prevent Health Problems From Aging and Diabetes to Ulcers and Yeast Infections
by Selene Yeager, Editors of Prevention
Rodale Books, 2008

Many women simply don’t consume enough calcium.

“American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition” by Roberta Larson Duyff
from American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition
by Roberta Larson Duyff
HMH Books, 2012

The sad part is that with as much emphasis as there has been on calcium in this country, the average calcium intake for women is still only 450 milligrams a day.

“Screaming to be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect... and Doctors Still Ignore” by D. Lee D. Vliet
from Screaming to be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect… and Doctors Still Ignore
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85% of women over 65 do not meet their daily requirement of calcium.

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from Divine Prescription, The: and Science of Health and Healing
by Gunther B. Paulien
TEACH Services, Inc., 2017

Many women are unable to obtain the recommended daily intake of calcium through diet alone and thus supplementation may be required.

“Clinical Naturopathic Medicine” by Leah Hechtman
from Clinical Naturopathic Medicine
by Leah Hechtman
Elsevier Health Sciences APAC, 2018

In addition, most women consume only about half the daily amount of calcium they need.

“Women's Lives: A Psychological Exploration” by Claire A. Etaugh, Judith S. Bridges
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by Claire A. Etaugh, Judith S. Bridges
Taylor & Francis, 2015

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  • This is great. I eat dairy in moderation, and most of the other items (except the soy & tofu) on a regular basis. I hate taking extra vitamins.