Calcium Supplements: What To Look For (cont.)

Combination Products

Calcium supplements are available in a bewildering array of combinations with vitamins and other minerals . Calcium supplements often come in combination with vitamin D, which is necessary for the absorption of calcium. However, calcium and vitamin D do not need to be taken together and/or in the same preparation in order to be absorbed by the body. Minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus also are important but usually are obtained through food or multivitamins. Most experts recommend that nutrients come from a balanced diet, with multivitamins used to supplement dietary deficiencies.

Getting enough calcium - whether through your diet or with the help of supplements - will help to protect the health of your bones. However, this is only one of the steps you need to take for bone health. Exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and, for some people, medication, are also important.

For more, please read the Vitamins and Calcium Supplements article.

SOURCE: National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2006