How much calcium do I need for optimal bone health?
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body, and 99% of your body’s calcium is stored in your bones. The 1% of calcium located in the other systems of your body is important for the proper functioning of the neuromuscular system. Since your bone tissue is responsible for storing calcium in your body, if your blood calcium levels drop, calcium is taken from your bone to replenish your blood levels. This can negatively affect your bone density. Therefore, it is fundamental for your bone health to make sure that you are consuming enough calcium each day. The recommended daily calcium intake for healthy middle-aged adults is 1000 mg for healthy males and females. Females over 50 years of age and males over 71 years of age need 1,200 mg per day.
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