Patient discussion about calcium

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Q. It will be fine for my dad to take calcium as extra supplement;

It will be fine for my dad to take calcium as extra supplement; as his bones are getting weak…. How much calcium intake is necessary for him?
AOlder men need more calcium, because, as they age, the body becomes less efficient at absorbing calcium and other nutrients. Intake amount can’t be judged without age and weight and other body conditions are known. Please don’t give supplements without doctor’s prescription as the chances of overdose are more problematic.

Q. My sister has been having major allergy problems.How could she get her desired calcium?

My sister has been having major allergy problems. Now she has developed an allergy and cannot tolerate milk in any form. None of our family members had allergic reactions to milk and my sister very recently developed this symptom. Is there any possibility of this symptom linked with any other illness? How could she get her desired calcium intake required by the body? Can you make any suggestions please?
A1calcium is a very important part of our diet. lack of it will have a damaging effect. so it's good that you are aware!
many good sources of calcium exist. These include seaweeds such as kelp, wakame . nuts and seeds (like almonds and sesame). blackstrap molasses, beans, oranges, figs, quinoa , broccoli...
and another thing that you may do is crush an egg shell into powder and just mix a bit with her food. it's an excellent source.
A2Allergic reactions are common in day to day life. I can very well understand your sister`s situation and your concern. I suggest that calcium rich food will be able of great help to her. You can have Milk, dairy products, yoghurt, cheese, eggs, calcium fortified foods and broccoli. I don’t think that intolerance to milk is linked to other health issues. Don’t get confused and do follow a healthy diet pattern.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDipRCHuAo4&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/vLDipRCHuAo4_colon_cleansing_eases_allergic_reactions?q=allergic%20reactions&feature=player_embedded

Q. I'm concerned that my calcium supplements are contaminated w seashells or cow bones. Which brands are best

Athere should be labeled as "from animal source".
here is something that helped me choose:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/calcium-supplements/AN00964
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