Wondering how much calcium you need per day? If your intake of calcium-rich foods might be low, or your doctor has suggested a calcium supplement here is some Registered Dietitian advice on how to choose a calcium supplement. Why is calcium important? Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. It is key for […]
By Andrea Holwegner, Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. The Calcium Connection BONE HEALTH Low calcium intake throughout life is a risk factor for osteoporosis or brittle bones. Over 30 years of research has shown that higher calcium intakes lead to greater bone gain during growth, reduced loss with age, and reduced fracture risk. BLOOD PRESSURE […]
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The Canadian Health Measures Survey found that approximately 10 per cent of Canadians have inadequate levels of vitamin D for bone health.
Considering the standards for levels of vitamin D used in this study were set in 1997, and current research suggests we probably need more, it is likely that even more Canadians will be classified as having vitamin D inadequacy in years to come.
The 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey found more than a third of children aged four to nine do not achieve the recommended two daily servings of milk or milk alternatives.
By age 30, more than two-thirds of Canadians do not attain the three daily servings of milk or milk alternatives recommended per day.
How much calcium and vitamin D do I need each day and how do I make sure I am getting enough?