Buying Calcium and Vitamin D

labelAt Loblaw’s Superstore today, I was looking for a good price on calcium supplements. Jamieson’s was a good deal but the calcium tablets were combined with vitamin D. I already have vitamin D tablets, so I nearly passed up the sale priced combo tablets. Then a light bulb went off, and I bought them.

Here’s what i thought…..I have 1000 IU Vit. D tabs which I can score and cut in half. So I take one calcium tab plus half Vitamin D tab to deliver 700 IU Vit. D and 650 mg Calcium, a perfect compliment to my dietary intake. It’s important to take the Vitamin D together with calcium to maximize absorption into your system.

I have been diagnosed with osteopenia and aim for a daily intake of 1000 IU Vit D plus 1500 mg Calcium.

6 thoughts on “Buying Calcium and Vitamin D

  1. According to the 1998 Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI’s) there is an upper limit of 2000 IU established for Vitamin D intake. However more recent research disputes this recommendation. And my training would lead me to suggest we err on the side of caution by not over-doing anything, especially in the form of supplemental pills. Remember, I’m still getting Vitamin D in my diet and from the ‘sunshine’ exposure in my daily walks.

  2. Thanks for your comments Joni. The oystershell question got me off my computer chair to see what Jamieson uses as a calcium source. When it’s labelled ‘calcium carbonate’ it is indeed from oystershell (making it a natural source). I see the Jamieson brand uses a combination of carbonate, citrate, fumarate, malate, succinate and glutamate – so it isn’t labelled as ‘natural’ source! But the variety may be a marketing strategy as some people find calcium ‘carbonate’ hard on their stomach.

  3. Hi Donna. This is a great idea. Goji berry powder in a morning smoothie is a great energy booster – maybe you could talk about smoothies???

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