Calcium Supplementation: What’s a Girl to Do?

A recent report suggests that calcium supplementation could be linked to heart attacks. But adequate calcium intake (from both food and supplements) helps with bone health in pregnant women, reduces preeclampsia, and has a positive effect on the growing fetus.

Amos Grunebaum, MD, lists five guidelines for women to remember:

>> Pregnancy and breastfeeding can deplete a woman’s storage of nutrients.

>> Refrain from taking more than 500 mg of supplemental calcium at one time.

>> Take calcium with magnesium and vitamin D3 for maximum support. Also, according to Joseph Pizzorno, ND, vitamin K2 is an important co-factor for calcium supplementation, locking the mineral into bones and preventing adverse effects.

>> Consider calcium supplementation or, ideally, a supplement that is food based. In addition, a supplement that combines calcium carbonate and calcium citrate is better than calcium carbonate alone.

>> Include calcium-rich foods in your diet such as leafy vegetables and low-fat dairy products.