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Recommended Daily Amount Of Calcium

How Much Calcium Do I Need?


Updated July 28, 2009

The recommended daily amount of calcium required, in the United States, for most people are:
  • Infants and children from birth to age 3: 400 to 800 mg

  • Children age 4 to 6: 800 mg

  • Children age 7 to 10: 800 mg

  • Males from adolescence through adult: 800 to 1200 mg

  • Women from adolescence though adult: 800 to 1200 mg

  • Women during pregnancy and breastfeeding: 1200 to 1500 mg

  • Post-menopausal women who do not take estrogen:1500 mg

The amount of calcium that you need may be adjusted by your doctor based on your personal health.


CDC. Nutrition For Everyone. Basics. http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/vitamins/calcium.html. Accessed 07/19/09.

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