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How Much Calcium Is Too Much?

Calcium is a key component of any diet, especially for vegans and women. Calcium is an essential mineral that helps with bone health and is key for preventing osteoporosis and other bone health issues. What you may not know is that calcium does more than just build bones. It is also essential for central nervous system, blood vessel, and muscle function. Not everyone gets enough calcium from diet alone, especially vegans and those that are lactose intolerant. Although dairy is the best-known form of dietary calcium, it can also be found in leafy greens and other veggies. People that don't get enough calcium through diet, or are at risk for osteoporosis and other dietary conditions are often told to take calcium supplements.

Most supplements are in pill/tablet form but some people are unable to swallow pills or have other reasons for needing a liquid calcium supplement. Liquid calcium is said to be better for absorption because the body doesn't need to break apart the tablet to get the calcium.

Overall, liquid calcium has largely the same risks as other calcium supplements. Calcium supplements may interfere with other medications, including certain antibiotics, as well as other supplements, such as iron. Before taking calcium supplements, check with your doctor to make sure that it won't interfere with any other necessary medications or supplements.

Like other calcium supplements, some people experience side effects, such as diarrhea or gas and constipation. However, because of its better absorption, liquid calcium may be better for avoiding any side effects. Many side effects can be avoided by taking the recommended 500 mg dose at a time, and 1,000-1,200 mg per day.

Overdosing on calcium can actually pose health risks, which may be increased with liquid calcium because of the increased absorption factor.

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