Calcium is an essential mineral needed for bone health* and just as important as any other product in your age-defying beauty regimen. Even though our bodies need calcium, we don’t produce the mineral. We get it from the foods we eat every day. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough calcium.
The amount of calcium you require depends on your age and sex. Here is a breakdown of what you need on a daily basis*:
To get the recommended amount of calcium, it is a good idea to make sure foods high in calcium are part of your diet. These include low-fat dairy products such as low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheeses, as well as calcium-fortified orange juice. A list of calcium sources can be found below.
If it is difficult for you to get enough calcium through diet, it may make sense for you to take a supplement, such as a Citracal product.
In addition to calcium, vitamin D is needed for bone health*. Your body also requires it to absorb calcium. Women and men up to 70 years of age need around 600 IU daily. After age 70, this increases to 800 IU per day.‡
There are three ways to get vitamin D: sunlight, food, and supplements. Because of the risk of skin cancer and the use of sunscreen, which limits your body’s ability to make the vitamin, most people rely on food and supplements to get their vitamin D. And since it is difficult getting all your vitamin D from food alone, many people may need to take supplements.
Not getting enough calcium can lead to a disease called osteoporosis. This is a condition where your bones become fragile and break easily. The most common bones affected include the hip, backbone (spine), and wrist. Many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until after they break a bone, which means that their bones had been losing strength for years.
Approximately ten million Americans have osteoporosis. The disease mostly affects White and Asian women, but others are vulnerable as well, including men. Women with the greatest risk include those who: