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October 1998 Issue

Clearing Up the Confusion Over Choosing a Calcium Source

Q. What's best way to meet my calcium needs? A. Getting your calcium from food is the top recommendation of Robert Heaney, M.D., from Creighton University in Omaha, a leading calcium expert. That way, he says, you're sure to get other nutrients as well. But if your food choices leave you short—if you're over age 50, you need a daunting 1,200 milligrams a day—taking a calcium supplement can fill the gap. Calcium by

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