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Is calcium in milk MORE ABSORB-ABLE than calcium pills?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

In case it matters, this is the mineral formula I use:

http://www.iherb.com/Doctor-s-Best-Calcium-Bone-Maker-Complex-180-Capsules/27750?at=0 :

Calcium (from microcrystalline hydroxyapatite) 600 mg 60%

Potassium (from potassium citrate) 99 mg 3%

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 250 mg 417%

Vitamin D (as D3, cholecalciferol) 1800 IU 450%

Vitamin K (as K2, MK-7/menaquinone-7) 80 mcg 99%

Magnesium (from dimagnesium malate) 300 mg 75%

Zinc (from zinc monomethionine) 12 mg 80%

Copper (from copper gluconate) 1200 mcg 60%

Manganese (from manganese citrate) 2 mg 100%

Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite 2727 mg ???

Boron (from boron citrate)

Thanks,

Mike

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on May 18, 2012
at 02:09 AM

interesting about bok-choy (something I never heard of). The article mentions it has vitamin D , and vitamin D helps calcium absorption. I wonder if any old green veggie plus me taking my vitamin d supplement would do the same thing?

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on May 17, 2012
at 08:33 AM

Eggshell calcium or oystershell calcium should be fine, that's calcium carbonate.

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Is there a better more absorb-able form of calcium? (I'm going to add milk to my diet, but want to hedge by bets with some supplements as well for a while) ???

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at 11:23 PM

Thanks. That makes sense. I'd like to get more calcium in my diet so I'm going to introduce milk.

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on May 16, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Yes. In most cases, food based vitamins and minerals are more absorbable than supplements because the food based nutrients exist as part of a food complex. In other words, they are contained within a matrix of proteins, fats and carbohydrates; they are part of organic complexes that are bodies readily recognize as food. Whereas in supplements, the nutrients are usually isolated or chelated (minerals attached to an amino acid). Some minerals are even given in inorganic form, like magnesium oxide or zinc oxide.

This is not to say that supplements do not have their place if your overall diet is lacking, but for the most part food based nutrients will always be more absorbable than non-food based nutrients.

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on May 16, 2012
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Thanks. That makes sense. I'd like to get more calcium in my diet so I'm going to introduce milk.

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on May 17, 2012
at 07:36 AM

Once, and only once, I took some cal mag supplements. I got a kidney stone. I started researching and a lot of people do get kidney stones when taking calcium in pill form. Be careful. I eat dairy, especially raw milk and raw milk kefir, and I have never again had a stone. You couldn't pay me to take a pill with calcium in it. My bones are in great shape.

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on May 17, 2012
at 05:46 AM

If you like bok-choy, that's a great source of calcium, and also helps in calcium absorption if you don't want to do milk/supplements. http://www.livestrong.com/article/32008-foods-absorb-calcium/

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on May 18, 2012
at 02:09 AM

interesting about bok-choy (something I never heard of). The article mentions it has vitamin D , and vitamin D helps calcium absorption. I wonder if any old green veggie plus me taking my vitamin d supplement would do the same thing?

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