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When Do You Take Your Calcium Supplement? There can be a wrong answer…

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When Do You Take Your Calcium Supplement? There can be a wrong answer…

Are you taking your calcium supplement correctly? Did you know you could be doing it wrong and missing out on getting the most calcium out of your pills? First, check the type of supplement you have. Is it calcium citrate or calcium carbonate? Calcium citrate does not need to be taken with food, but calcium carbonate needs to be taken with food to be absorbed well. Also, don’t take a large dose once a day because the body cannot absorb it all. Take a dose that is 1000mg or more divided into two times a day. Lastly, make sure your healthcare provider checks to see if your medications interfere with calcium absorption. Some antibiotics, high blood pressure medications, and medicines that slow down bone loss can interact with calcium. Read more here:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/calcium-supplements/faq-20058238

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