How much extra calcium should I be taking?”
It’s a question I get several times a day from women of all ages, but mostly from those in menopause or nearing menopause.
The answer I almost always give is “less than you think.” And for most women, probably none.
It’s not that I don’t think calcium is important.
It is. Adequate calcium and vitamin D are critical for building and maintaining a healthy bone mass.
But most women, with the exception of those who can’t tolerate dairy, are already getting a significant amount of calcium in their diet. So much so that taking calcium supplements adds little to their overall health.
In fact, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against routine calcium and vitamin D supplements for healthy postmenopausal women.