Ever wonder how much calcium you’re actually getting from your calcium supplement?
It’s the amount of elemental calcium that’s important when deciding how much calcium you’re actually getting from a supplement. If you’re taking calcium carbonate, you’re getting 40% elemental calcium. Taking a citrate version? You’ll actually only see 25% elemental calcium from a citrate supplement. So if your goal is to take 500mg of calcium a day, be sure to calculate the amount you take in terms of how much elemental calcium you can expect to get from your supplement.
And remember…our bodies can only absorb about 300-500mg of elemental calcium at a time, so be sure to space your supplements throughout the day for optimal absorption. Our favourite? Exact brand CAL-CHEW’s. These are chewable little 20 calorie yum yums (available at the Superstore) that make taking calcium fun – the perfect afternoon treat! They also contain vitamin D which helps your body better use the calcium in your supplement – Enjoy!