The current RDA (recommended daily allowance) for calcium is 1200mg, which you should try to get from the food you eat.
Good sources of calcium include cheese, milk, yoghurt, spinach, whitebait and sardines, canned salmon and pilchards (eaten with bones), almonds and tofu.
Note that fat-free and low-fat dairy products contain just as much calcium as full-cream varieties. Aim for two to three portions of dairy per day. One 250ml glass of milk is considered to be one portion.
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Should I supplement?
If you don't eat enough dairy and other high-calcium foods, it's best to talk to your doctor or dietician regarding supplementation.
According to the latest research, calcium supplements should contain vitamin D and vitamin K2 to prevent the calcium you take from being deposited in your arteries where it can cause problems like heart attacks, strokes and sudden death. Image: Food sources of calcium, Shutterstock
Calcium supplements which thus contain vitamins D and K2 will ensure that the calcium you take goes into the bones and not into the arteries.
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