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Can a person use calcium supplement life long?

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My query is regarding supplements, specially calcium supplement. I am lactose intolerant therefore cannot use dairy products, whenevery i tried to use milk, i suffered from loose motion. I use calcium tablets 500mg twice a day. I am an internet savvy and through that i came to know that for my age group i need 1200 mg calcium daily and the safe upper limit is 2500 mg. I am 27 years old. I would like to know that using these calcium supplements on daily basis is okay or not, is there any side effects of these supplements.Can a person use calcium supplement life long.


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replied April 13th, 2015
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Hello and welcome

I appreciate your concern

Although milk is an excellent source of calcium , but it is not the only source
Leafy green veggies like spinach and kale ,Legumes and beans ,Sardines.
Fortified foods, like soy , orange juice,
Salmon with soft bones ,Sesame seed etc also have adequate calcium.

If you cant use dairy products due to lactose intolerance , you can easily get your required calcium from these.

Instead of taking life long supplements. I would recommend natural source of calcium.

Yes , excess of calcium can be harmful. It can result in kidney stones and increases risk of vascular disorders such as heart attack and stroke.

Wishing you best of health


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