Calcium supplements benefits24th August 2007
Australian researchers have said people aged over 50 who take calcium are 12% less likely to break a bone than people who do not take supplements.
Dr Benjamin Tang, of the Centre for Complementary Medicine Research at Australia's University of Western Sydney, looked at studies - covering almost 64,000 subjects - into the use of calcium in the 50-and-over age group.
The protection offered by calcium was shown to double when taken "correctly" - that is in combination with vitamin D and at a dose of at least 1200mg. People who supplemented their diet with calcium also showed a "slightly reduced rate of bone loss from their hip and spine".
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