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Is it better to get calcium from supplements or food?

It is better to get calcium from food than from supplements because food contains other important nutrients. However, many people don't eat enough calcium-rich foods to meet their requirements for this mineral and need to take supplements.

If you take calcium supplements, take them with food to increase absorption. To maximize absorption, it's also best to take no more than 500 milligrams (mg) at one time.
The word supplement is a good place to start. We supplement our diet when it is deficient. If you have done an evaluation of your diet, and you find it deficient in calcium, you should supplement and try to increase the calcium rich foods in your diet. The benefit of getting calcium from foods is that you get all the other nutrients as well. If you do not often eat foods that are rich in calcium then you should take a supplement.

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