Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, making up 1-2% of a healthy adult’s body weight. Ninety-nine percent of that calcium is stored in teeth and bones. The body maintains a consistent concentration of calcium. If you are not consuming sufficient calcium through diet, your body will extract the calcium it needs from bone tissue, thereby accelerating bone loss. Calcium requirements are dependent upon age. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults age 19 – 50 is 1000 mg. That number increases to 1200 mg for women beginning at age 51 and for men beginning at age 71.
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