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How much calcium do teens need per day?

Daphne Oz
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You need about 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day to facilitate weight loss and ensure strong bones, high bone density, and good sleep patterns (since calcium plays a crucial role in muscle relaxation).
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Calcium requirements vary by age. According to the National Institutes of Health, both male and female teens between ages 13 and 18 require 1,300 milligrams of calcium/day. The teen years an important time to lay down strong bones as the peak for bone mass is age 30. Calcium is best absorbed through food. The best sources of calcium come from milk, yogurt and cheese. One cup (8 ounces) of low fat milk contains about 300 milligrams of calcium. Yogurt can contain anywhere from 150 milligrams to 350 milligrams of calcium.

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