• loretta loretta
    May 06, 2011
    how much calcium can your body absorb at one time? i've heard it can only absorb 400mg at once,is this true?
    loretta loretta
    May 06, 2011

    my dr. told me to take calcium citrate since i take Omneprazole & i want to get my full benefit from my calcium so i need answers please? Do i take 3- 600mg pills daily to get max benefit?

    READ MORE

FROM OUR EXPERTS

  • Pam Flores
    Health Guide
    May 06, 2011
    Pam Flores
    Health Guide
    May 06, 2011

    Hi Loretta, welcome.  According to many including the National Osteoporosis Foundation, you can only absorb 500-600 mgs at one serving.  NOF on calcium.  The info on calcium absorption is near the end of the page under the heading Calcium Absorption.  They also mention that the total needed, inculding what you get from your diet, is 1,200 milligrams a day, for those over 50.  Many Dr's think this is too much, so check to see what your Dr says and how well you absorb calcium.  A 24 hour urine calcium test should tell the Dr. how much you are excreting and not utilizing.  You may also want to have your blood calcium levels checked too, if you haven't already. You need to calculate your dietary calcium as well to figure your total.

     

    I hope this helps...


FROM OUR COMMUNITY

You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.