CAUTION WHEN PREGNANT/BREASTFEEDING
- High-potency calcium citrate
- Complemented with vitamin D for absorption
- Requires less stomach acid for complete absorption
Why you'll love it
Not only is Calcium essential for good bone health, it also plays a critical role in nerve and muscle function and cardiovascular health. It is considered a macromineral due to the relatively large amounts required in the diet, sometimes exceeding more than a gram a day. That said, achieving the recommended levels of about 1000mg of Calcium per day from diet alone is actually quite achievable for those who do not have any restrictions. Not only is calcium found in dairy products, it is also available in quite high concentrations in dark green leafy vegetables, tofu, salmon, sardines, almonds and sesame seeds. So if you tend to consume these foods in reasonable quantities on a regular basis, then it is likely that you will not require a Calcium supplement. On the other hand, if you have never heard of these foods, are vegan, lactose intolerant or have absorption issues, then you may require supplementation to bring you up to the recommended amounts. Additionally, diets that are high in protein, caffeine, sodium, potassium or alcohol can contribute to Calcium loss and likely should consider supplementation as well.
Calcium is most commonly associated with preventing bone loss and there is good evidence supporting the use of supplements in postmenopausal women, though the usefulness isn’t as well studied in men. Overall, however, it’s been shown that Calcium is beneficial in mitigating the risk of developing osteoporosis during the aging process and maintaining adequate Calcium intake throughout life is associated with significantly reduced risk.
While it may not be the most talked about benefit of Calcium, there are actually a number of clinical trials and case control studies that outline Calcium’s ability to help relieve some of the symptoms of PMS including bloating, cramps, moodiness, muscle aches and breast tenderness. Maintaining adequate Calcium levels will help balance the natural drop in Calcium that occurs cyclically with increases in estrogen.
Why not take it? There’s quite a bit of debate in the literature regarding the safety of Calcium supplementation with respect to cardiovascular disease. However, we recommend that if you have certain risk factors or a history of cardiovascular disease, you discuss the pros and cons with your health care provider.
Why this formula?
How much do I really need?
That really depends on who you are. Aside from children and adolescent girls, post menopausal and amenorrheic women tend to be at the highest risk for experiencing a deficiency. Here is a guideline to show you how much total daily calcium (diet + supplements) you should be looking for depending on your life stage:
- Adults (women 19-50, men 19-70): 1000mg/day
- Older Adults (women >50, men>70): 1200mg/day
- Pregnant and breastfeeding (women >19): 1000mg/day
Because the standard North American Diet tends to be very rich in dairy, many people may not require additional supplementation (though this may change as people start to adopt Health Canada’s new Food Guide where there is more of a focus on plant-based eating) That said, there is also significant amounts of calcium in other non dairy foods such as leafy greens and fish, so being aware of current dietary intake will help guide your supplemental calcium needs.
Because the body can only absorb about 500mg at once, we recommend taking the total required daily dose split over the course of the day with food to ensure maximal absorption.
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Supplement FactsCALCIUM CITRATE WITH VITAMIN D PER 1 CAPSULE
Amount Per Serving
Calcium (DimaCal di-calcium malate, TRACS calcium bisglycinate)
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Vegetable magnesium stearate in a vegetable capsule .
Recommended Use or Purpose: Helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. Calcium intake, when combined with sufficient Vitamin D, a healthy diet and regular exercise may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Recommended Dose (Adults): Take 1–4 capsules daily with a meal or as directed by your health-care practitioner. If you are taking other medications, take this product a few hours before or after them. Calcium can impair the absorption of other minerals, especially iron, so they should not be taken at the same time.
Cautions & Warning: Some individuals who take calcium supplements might experience gastrointestinal side effects including gas, bloating, constipation, or a combination of these symptoms. Check with your primary care provider if you have a history of cardiovascular disease.
As with any natural health product, you should consult your healthcare practitioner on the use of this product. Store product in a cool and dry place. Keep out of reach of children. If you experience an adverse event or allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately and contact a healthcare professional.