It is important to remember that we can get all the nutrients from the food we eat everyday as long as we follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines incorporating the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
I would only suggest my clients take a calcium supplement if they are unable to get enough calcium through their diet. This may include people who have lactose intolerance, milk allergies, strict vegans, those who dislike milk, and those who have undergone bariatric surgery (due to limited stomach space).
Adults should aim to achieve around 1000mg of calcium per day, children (depending on their age) 1000-1300mg per day. Be sure to check the labels on dairy products and choose those that have 300mg or more calcium per serve. The upper level of intake of calcium is 2500mg for all genders and age groups.
Toxic effects of too much calcium may result in hypercalcaemia which can lead to renal calcification and renal failure. Most people aren't getting enough calcium in their diets so the risk of developing hypercalcaemia is generally low.
This is my professional opinion on calcium supplements. I am not saying that you must not take calcium supplements, it is up to you. Hope this helps answer your question. If you would like more advice on how to get more calcium in your diet, I recommend you speak to an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) in your local area. Log onto www.daa.asn.au to find one :)
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