One question I often hear from my clients is “How much calcium do I need to take every day for my bones?”

The hidden assumption in that question is this:  “you have to take a supplement to get enough calcium for your bones.”  That seems to be the philosophy of most consumers and healthcare practitioners, but is it true?

The answer is a resounding no.  In fact, women who get their calcium from food have higher bone mineral density than women who just take supplements.

This is true even though women relying on supplements actually take in more milligrams of calcium than women relying on calcium-rich foods.

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