Calcium is a mineral that helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, especially in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Intake, when combined with sufficient vitamin D, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Bone is a living tissue, that is constantly renewing and repairing itself from everyday wear and tear. Calcium is essential to helping the remodeling process stay balanced. However, like many nutrients, it is absorbed less effectively as we age. Studies of older adults show that adequate intake can slow bone loss and reduce the risk of fracture.
Adults between 19-50 years of age, including pregnant or breast feeding women, require 1,000 mg of calcium daily, and those over 50 require 1,200 mg daily.