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Calcium is an element that occurs naturally. It is present in foods such as milk, cheese and other dairy products, in broccoli, kale and other dark green vegetables, and in salmon and sardines with bones15.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is either derived from diet or produced by skin exposure to sunshine, which can vary throughout the year. So in addition to getting enough calcium in your diet through food or supplements, you must be sure to get enough vitamin D as well, to help calcium absorption.

Calcium is an essential nutrient that helps build and maintain healthy teeth and bones. Calcium also plays a role in muscle contraction, blood clotting and nerve function. Most notably, as part of a healthy diet, adequate calcium throughout life may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a disease that's characterized by a decrease in bone mass and an increase in bone fractures.

Calcium is important to people of all genders and ages. Men would benefit by taking calcium supplements; one in eight men over 50 years of age will sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture in his lifetime. Calcium is also important for children. Even postmenopausal women can benefit from calcium intake as this can help slow the rate of bone loss. Adequate calcium throughout life, including during peak bone-mass-building years, as part of a healthful diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

Women experiencing menopause need increased amounts of calcium due to less calcium absorption associated with menopause. For more specific questions about oestrogen and calcium supplements, consult your doctor.
Caltrate® has been clinically tested and provides calcium carbonate, the most concentrated form of calcium. It is among the most clinically studied calcium supplement brands in the world. Caltrate® has a 30 year legacy in providing quality bone health supplements.
Caltrate® is available in two formulas, designed to suit different calcium needs:
Caltrate® 600+D3 that contain calcium and vitamin D3 in a tablet form.
Caltrate® Plus that contain calcium and vitamin D3 plus minerals in tablet and chewable tablet form.
Although the tablets were designed to be swallowed whole, if you need to break the tablet in half follow these steps: Place the tablet score side up on a countertop. While holding one side of the tablet down with your index finger, press down on the other side with your thumb. The tablet should snap evenly at the score.
Yes, one serving of any Caltrate® product can be taken with any multivitamin containing less than 400 mg of calcium. Up to two servings of Caltrate® products can be taken with any multivitamin containing less than 400 mg of calcium.
Some Caltrate® forms do contain a small amount of sugar in the following amounts per serving: Caltrate® 600+D: 86 mg per tablet
Caltrate® Plus Chewables tablet: 5 mg per tablet
Vitamin D helps to maximize calcium absorption; therefore the level of vitamin D in each Caltrate® Plus Chewable tablet was increased to help ensure users are absorbing more calcium.
Caltrate® is available at all major pharmacies and retailers without a prescription

15. Accessed 05/12/2014