As a kid, you may have been told to drink plenty of milk because it will help build strong bones. That is because of calcium - a mineral vital to keep your bones healthy and supported, along with benefits in muscle movement, blood clotting, and the release of hormones.
Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, a health condition that leaves the bones weak and brittle. Reduced bone density and increased bone loss can lead to hip, wrist, and spine fractures.
The body does not produce calcium on its own, so it needs to be obtained from the foods we eat (hence the importance of milk. However, many people are still not getting enough, especially if they follow a vegan, lactose-free, or high protein diet.)
The average adult needs 1,000 mg of calcium in just one day. Women over the age of 50 and men over the age of 71 need closer to 1,200 mg per day.
Calcium supplements may also be able to help with fractures in postmenopausal women by helping prevent them and increasing bone density.
Regular exercise such as walking, jogging, running, and using the elliptical machine may also help with bone density in the legs, hips, and lower spine. Strength training can also help the bones located in the arms and upper spine.
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Always consult your doctor before taking a new supplement. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.