You never outgrow your need for
Adults, both men and women, need
every day. Why? Even
after you've stopped
growing tall, your bones continue to
and dense up until about age 30.
continue to age, calcium helps
Meeting your calcium needs may reduce
risk of osteoporosis by helping you
genetically determined peak bone
at around age 30, and by slowing age
bone loss in later years.
Research shows that
getting plenty of calcium can help
blood pressure in check and may also
your risk of colon cancer.
Milk and milk products are the best
calcium--even when you're on the go.
supplements provide calcium, but few,
other nutrients. There are
plenty of "grab and
go" choices in the Milk Group.
pressed for time, grab a glass of
milk or a
container of yogurt, take string
cheese to eat
while you're on the go, or order
a milk shake, or ice cream when
you're at that
Unless you have a history of kidney stones, a high
calcium intake--up to 2,000 mg per day--does not
cause kidney stones. On the contrary, some
research shows that consuming the recommended
amount of calcium may actually reduce your risk
of kidney stones.
You don't have to give up mile and milk products
if you have trouble digesting lactose. Most
people who have trouble digesting lactose can
consume at least one cup of milk with food. Aged
cheeses like cheddar and yogurt with "live active
cultures" are also more easily digested.