Labels: Calcium Citrate, as Calcium Citrate, elemental calcium????
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on 9/26/09 8:32 am
It is important to know how much actual calcium you are getting in. I had the same problem with Nature's Science and you would think after 4 years of reading labels, I would know better..lol
elemental = actual calcium
This may help a little. From the Mayo Clinic site:
The key factor to consider when buying calcium supplements is the amount of elemental calcium the supplements contain. The term "elemental calcium" refers to the amount of calcium in a supplement that's available for your body to absorb. Don't be deceived by the total weight of each tablet, which is simply the weight of the calcium plus whatever it's bound to — such as carbonate, citrate, lactate or gluconate.
If the amount of elemental calcium isn't clearly listed on the label, check the Nutrition Facts label. The amount of elemental calcium will be listed in milligrams (mg) according to "serving size" — generally one or two tablets. The Nutrition Facts label also lists the Percent Daily Value (% Daily Value), which indicates how much one serving provides toward the average daily recommended amount of a given nutrient for most people. For calcium, the % Daily Value is 1,000 mg of elemental calcium. Remember, however, your needs for calcium may vary according to recommendations from your doctor or dietitian.
When choosing calcium supplements, it's also helpful to note how much calcium is in the serving size listed on the label. This will help you determine the number of tablets you must take to meet your individual needs for calcium. Also look for "USP" or "CL" on the label. Supplements that bear The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) or ConsumerLab (CL) abbreviations meet voluntary industry standards for quality, purity, and tablet disintegration or dissolution.
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on 9/26/09 9:10 am
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Do I understand you to say, Michele, that you are taking 20 calcium citrate every day? How do you find timee to get them all in 2 hours apart ? are you taking 4 at a time 5 times a day?
Here I thought I was doing good by taking citrical (albeit the Walmart Brand) 4 times a day, 2 tabs each....
what could happen if you were to take too much Calcium?
on 9/26/09 1:10 pm
I switched because the Equate brand and Citrical both give me a lot of gas, (something in the fillers, I think).
With the brand that makes me take 20 there is no chance I am getting in TOO much calcium.
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Because of vitamin B6 issues (the Costco brand has too much for me), I take one tablet each of the Costco Kirkland Calcium Citrate and one of the Citracal Maximum dose per serving. I read the labels of these products VERY VERY CAREFULLY.
The Kirkland tablets contain 250 mg of elemental calcium in the form of calcium citrate.
The Citracal tablets contain 315 mg of elemental calcium in the form of calcium citrate.
You can prove this to yourself by looking at the % Daily Value on each label. The Daily Value of calcium is 1000 mg. The Kirkland label says two tablets contain 50% (or 500 mg) of the daily value. The Citracal label says two caplets contain 63% (or 630 mg) of the daily value.
Therefore, the Costco Kirkland brand is NOT misleadingly labeled. It is a perfectly good and inexpensive source of calcium as the citrate salt, and in fact is chock full of other vitamins and minerals too (too much for me, in fact, with respect to B6).