What is the best type of calcium?

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Question from Lucy: What is the best type of calcium? Citrate? Carbonate?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Both calcium citrate and calcium carbonate are effective sources of calcium. Which type is best for you is individual. We can provide more information about this when this transcript is posted.
Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. There's no "better" when it comes to calcium supplements. Calcium carbonate is the most popular calcium supplement because it is so inexpensive and it is more concentrated. But now there's a lot of hype out there about calcium carbonate being hard to absorb. In fact, the top US experts in calcium bioavailability say that if taken with meals, both carbonate and citrate are well absorbed. Calcium supplements should be taken twice a day, especially by women who have a dairy-free diet. You can increase calcium absorption by drinking lots of water between meals. (Editor's Note: Information provided by Ronda Gates and Holly McCord.)
Marisa Weiss, M.D. The recommendations for calcium that we are offering tonight are general recommendations. If you have a condition like kidney stones, it's important for you to check with your doctor about supplemental calcium intake before you start taking such pills.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Keeping Your Bones Strong featured Charles L. Shapiro, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to measure the strength of your bones, how to find out your risk for osteoporosis, and what you can do to lower that risk.

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