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Calcium is needed by the body for the formation of strong and healthy bones and teeth.  Calcium also helps to facilitate the proper functioning of muscles and nerves. The best place to get your daily dose of calcium is from food. However, most people do not take enough calcium.  This is what creates the need for calcium supplements. Supplements help provide the body with the calcium it needs.  However, calcium supplements are not all the same. There are some supplements that are easier to digest and absorb than others.

Calcium

The best forms of calcium to digest are calcium carbonate and calcium nitrate.  Calcium nitrate is the easiest form of calcium that the body can absorb because it does not require much stomach acid. Calcium carbonate is well absorbed by the body when it is taken alongside food.

Factors affecting the rate of absorption

The rate at which the body absorbs calcium is affected by a number of factors.  You require sufficient amount of vitamin D in your body to be able to absorb calcium effectively.  The amount of vitamin D in your body directly affects the rate at which you are going to absorb calcium.

You should also take your calcium supplements with a meal.  Taking the supplements on an empty stomach will decrease the rate of absorption. Taking your supplements with milk will help to increase the rate of absorption of calcium in the body.

When taking calcium supplements, you should stay away from phytates, oxalic acid, fiber, tannins in tea, magnesium and excessive phosphorus. This is because these foods and minerals can significantly decrease the rate at which calcium is absorbed by your body.

Calcium supplements do not have serious side effects.  However, some people might experience constipation, bloating and gas.  Too much intake of calcium supplements increase the risk of suffering from kidney stones.

 

References:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/what_you_need_to_know_about_calcium

http://www.livestrong.com/article/411370-which-calcium-supplement-is-best-absorbed-in-the-body/