We all know how good calcium is for our bones and our overall health. But how much do we really know about how beneficial this supplement is?
Well, we thought it would be fun to play a little game. Here are some calcium facts…with a couple of myths thrown in. Do your best to figure out which are true, and which are false. The answers will be revealed at the end of the article – no cheating!
Quiz: Which of the Following is False Concerning Calcium?
1. Your body doesn’t produce calcium.
2. Some studies have shown that calcium may be linked to prostate cancer and heart disease.
3. Your body can’t absorb calcium without vitamin D.
4. If you’re lactose intolerant, you can only get calcium from supplements.
5. If children don’t get enough calcium, they may not reach their height potential.
6. Calcium can protect individuals from osteoporosis. It also supports healthy functioning of the heart, muscles, and nerves.
7. The recommended daily dose of calcium varies depending on age, but it should fall into a range of 1,000 – 2,500 mg.
8. You can’t take calcium if you have trouble swallowing pills.
9. There are different types of calcium, including calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium gluconate, and calcium lactate. These differ in the amount of elemental calcium they contain and how readily absorbable they are in the body.
10. Eating large amounts of protein and sodium can cause your body to excrete more calcium.
11. Calcium supplements are recommended for those who follow a vegan diet.
12. Eating dairy and calcium are all that’s needed to prevent osteoporosis.
Answers to Which of the Following is False Concerning Calcium?
So how did you do? Did you figure out which of these were myths? Well, if you guessed 4, 8 and 12, you were correct. Let’s look at why these are all misperceptions many have about taking calcium.
Let’s start by looking at number 4. If you’re lactose intolerant, you can only get calcium from supplements. Lactose is the natural sugar found in milk. Those that are lactose intolerant may experience digestive issues when eating dairy products.
However, not all dairy products are high in lactose. Those that are intolerant may eat yogurt or aged cheeses which are high in calcium and low in lactose.
Number 8 states: You can’t take calcium if you have trouble swallowing pills. The truth is, calcium citrate is often found in chewable forms. It is easily absorbed, tastes great and it does not have to be taken with meals.
Finally, let’s look at number 12. Eating dairy and calcium are all that’s needed to prevent osteoporosis. We only wish this were true. Unfortunately, osteoporosis occurs due to several factors which may not be reversed by calcium alone. Limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and doing weight bearing exercises are all important in the fight against osteoporosis.
Hopefully this article has set the record straight and given you a better understanding of calcium and its benefits. How do you incorporate this supplement into your life to keep you healthy?