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What you should know about calcium supplements

This video is meant to expand your general knowledge about living a healthy life and is NOT a substitute for seeking medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before making changes in your health practices, diet and self-care.

In this video, Family Medicine physician Dr. Sanaz Majd answers the most common questions she gets asked regarding calcium and calcium supplementation, including:

  • How much calcium do we need?
  • Is it okay to get all our calcium from a supplement?
  • Which type of calcium supplement is best?
  • Should calcium be avoided by those prone to kidney stones?
  • What about the risk of cardiovascular disease?”
  • Should we take calcium with vitamin D?
  • Do certain calcium supplements contain lead?

Calcium is a mineral with several important functions. These include:

  • Helping to build bones and keeping teeth healthy
  • Regulating muscle contractions, including heartbeat
  • Making sure blood clots normally

A lack of calcium can lead to rickets in children, and osteomalacia or osteoporosis in later life.

Learn more about calcium here. View a chart with the calcium content of common foods, here.

View the original video here.

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