Calcium is a corner stone of bone health.
Calcium supplements to prevent Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis in old age leads to broken bones and serious disability.
To combat this our children need to increase their peak bone mass.
This can be done by making sure that our children have enough calcium and exercise. Both are essential.
The amount of calcium recommended is 1200mg a day to give a maximal effect. This amount of calcium is needed from the age of 6 or 7 years and given for 4 or 5 years duration.
Calcium supplementation given before puberty is the most effective.
As well as improving peak bone mass, it can also increase standing height, bone length and bone size.
A useful source of calcium is that found in milk, calcium phosphate.
Soy milk or Rice milk (fortified with calcium) or Supplements.
My recommendation: Ensure that your child is getting about 1000 mg of Calcium each day through drinks, foods or supplements, over the school years. Lots of walking, and running and jumping is also essential. Be active.
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