Chocolate and Calcium, Yes Please!

Sometimes there are great steals in the Shaws Discount Corner!  Last week my lucky find was...

Adora Calcium Supplements
500mg calcium supplement (calcium carbonate) in milk chocolate with added 1000 IU of Vitamin D and 40 mcg of Vitamin K.  30 calories a piece.  They also come in dark chocolate.
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Yummy!  I have been eating 2 a day.  It's great because I don't like milk, I don't buy cheese, sometimes yogurt is expensive, and I always forget to take my calcium pills.  Confession:  This stuff tastes too good to be labeled as a supplement! I haven't forgetten about calcium since I bought these.  *wink*
The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for calcium is 1,000 mg/day for men and women ages 19-50 years.  Of course the optimal way to get calcium is through food (milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, kale).  But sometimes we need an extra boost.  So if you supplement, here's some tips.

Tip 1:  One Pill at a Time
Research shows that the body can optimally absorb up to 500 mg of calcium at one time.  Don't pop your pills all at once, but spread them out throughout the day.
Tip 2: The Competition-Calcium and Iron
Calcium blocks the absorption of iron.  Keep your iron and calcium supplements separate for best results.
Tip 3: Inseparable Buddies-Calcium and Vitamin D
Calcium (whether through food or as a supplement) is absorbed with the help of active Vitamin D.  If you are low in Vitamin D, then the calcium will pass in and pass out and all this calcium talk is blabber.  So here's another reason to go play in the sun!

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet, Calcium.
Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health.


Ditha said...

oo nice find =)

Anonymous said...

The Adora are great! A real treat with the added bonus of getting the important bone-building mineral!!

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