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Calcium Supplementation In Early Adulthood May Provide Bone Health Benefits

Consuming adequate calcium is typically associated with better bone health in post-menopausal women. However, a new research review found that increasing calcium intake earlier in adulthood may promote increased bone density, which can help protect bone health later in life.  Calcium can be obtained from foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and orange juice and through supplements – with plant-based calcium supplements believed to be superior to calcium from rocks. 

For their study, the researchers used data from 43 clinical trials that included 7,382 adults under the age of 35. The trials evaluated the effects of calcium supplementation on bone mineral density or bone mineral content on adults younger than 35. Calcium supplementation in the trials ranged from less than 1,000 mg daily to greater than 1,000 mg daily. 

The researchers found that calcium supplementation was associated with increases in bone mineral density and bone mineral content, especially on the femoral neck. Femoral neck increases were greater in participants between the ages of 20 and 35 compared to those under the age of 20.

Both high calcium diets and calcium supplements with doses less than 1,000 mg/d boosted bone strength. Higher dose calcium supplements did not provide any extra benefits.

The study was conducted by researchers from Wenzhou Medical University. It was published online ahead of print on September 27, 2022 in the journal eLife. 

In a previous study, shiajit was found to provide bone health benefits. 

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