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    Calcium needs

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    I asked this in an earlier post today but it was included in another post of mine and might have been overlooked. I'm going to start taking calcium to try to stop night leg cramps. I'm 5'4" and weigh 150 lbs. I bought calcium citrate and 2 caplets equal 630 mg. Two caplets is considered a serving or equals the 630 mg. Instructions say 1 to 2 caplets 2 times a day. Any thoughts on how much I could or should safely take? Why is the period over which the calcium is taken divided? Last night was miserable. Hope to see some improvement tonight.

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    My understanding is that taking calcium supplements could be a dangerous idea.

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    Why?

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    I thought magnesium was for leg cramps.
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    And here are some recent medical findings regarding calcium supplements FOR WOMEN.

    Update on Calcium Supplementation in Post-Menopausal Women PaleolithicMD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckhammer View Post
    My understanding is that taking calcium supplements could be a dangerous idea.
    Calcium is integral in the diet to suppress parathyroid hormone, which if elevated can trigger stress and inflammation.

    The data on calcium may be so mixed because of the bizarre counter ions used in supplemental form (orotate, aspartate, etc.).

    Another reason is that calcium requires numerous cofactors (T3, sodium, magnesium, carbon dioxide, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin A...) to work properly.

    A great way of assessing your calcium need is getting your PTH tested.

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