Dr. Oz: The Truth About Calcium Supplements
That said, calcium is important to your health, especially to help reduce your risk of bone fractures as you age. But I tell my patients to focus on getting the mineral from food. If you're concerned about not consuming enough (most women need between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams a day), keep in mind that you have an array of options. In addition to dairy products, dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds and fortified foods like orange juice and cereals are good sources. One more thing: Don't try to load up all at once. Calcium is actually better absorbed in doses of 500 milligrams or less, which means a cup of yogurt here and a handful of almonds there will serve you better than aiming to hit your goal in one meal.