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When should I start taking calcium to prevent osteoporosis?

Surprisingly, comprehensive studies show that preventing osteoporosis should begin in childhood, while the body is most actively building bone. Some research indicates our bodies may reach peak bone mass as young as ages 16 to 25. The stronger and denser our bones are during our teenage and early adult years, the longer they will last at midlife when bone loss begins. You can reach the recommended amounts of calcium -- about 1,000 mg per day -- by consuming three or four servings of calcium-rich foods such as an 8-ounce glass of milk, an 8-ounce cup of yogurt, one ounce of cheese, calcium-fortified juice, salmon, and green, leafy vegetables.
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