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Calcium Products: Why We Don't Get Enough

With calcium products so varied and plentiful, one must wonder why Americans calcium-products | Articleare typically calcium deficient.  Dairy products contain calcium, and in some cases, added vitamin D. There are at least 300 calcium supplements available through stores and e-tailers. And foods such as orange juice, breakfast cereals and gummy bears are fortified with calcium.  What happened?

Despite an ever-expanding array of calcium products, the U.S National Institutes of Health in 2001 announced that America’s youth is experiencing a “Calcium Crisis.”  According to the NIH:

“Only 13.5 percent of girls and 36.3 percent of boys age 12 to 19 in the United States get the recommended daily amount (RDA) of calcium, placing them at serious risk..., according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Because nearly 90 percent of adult bone mass is established by the end of this age range, the nation's youth stand in the midst of a calcium crisis."

The health risks related to low calcium intake are not just years away, explained Dr. Alexander. calcium-products | ArticleChildren are drinking more soft drinks and more non-citrus drinks than they used to; meanwhile, milk consumption has dropped. The number of fractures among children and young adults has increased, probably due to lower intakes of calcium. Pediatricians are also seeing the re-emergence of rickets, a bone disease that results from low levels of vitamin D. Rickets became almost nonexistent after vitamin D was added to milk in the 1950s, but is now appearing at greater rates around the country.”

Drawbacks of Most Calcium Supplements
Perhaps calcium supplements can be partly to blame. Many of these calcium products are horse pills and chalky tasting. Calcium carbonate, one of the most popular types of calcium supplements, can cause stomach gas.   Because many types of calcium  are poorly absorbed, they also can be constipating. What is not absorbed becomes waste, and difficult to expel for those with sensitive systems.

Perhaps the greatest fallacy of calcium products or supplements is that their daily servings don't even contain the government’s recommended % DV of calcium.  With supplements, that  may be because the pills contain other ingredients that bulk-up the tablet size. Or it may be a question of economics. Either way, the consumer could end-up getting less than what he or she believes or expects.

How do you find the right bone builder?  Start by ignoring the front panel of calcium products and supplements and focus on the nutrition facts table.  Make sure the product provides sufficient calcium; the closer to the government’s % DV, the better. Then consider the calcium source.  calcium-products | ArticleSome calciums are poorly absorbed under certain situations. In contract, calciums such as AdvaCAL have been clinically shown to be well absorbed. Finally, see how well a product fits your lifestyle.   A comparison of ease of use factors among popular calcium supplements is available at BoneLossAndYou.com.  With proper scrutiny and some trial and error, you will probably find one more effective, convenient and user-friendly calcium products.