Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Your body can't absorb a full day's worth of calcium at once, so space out your servings. Your body can handle only about 500 to 600 mg of calcium in one 6 to 8 hour period and absorbs only about 30% of that.
The Institute of Medicine recommends 1,000 mg a day for women ages 19 to 50; 1,200 mg for those over 50. For men, they recommend 1,000 mg a day for ages 19 to 70; 1,200 mg a day for men 71 and older.
Osteoporosis is often thought of as a women's illness, but men aren't immune. Their bone loss is more gradual than women's because they don't undergo menopause. One out of every four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis---making it more prevalent than prostate cancer.