Experts state that most women today do not obtain enough dietary calcium to maintain strong bones and prevent osteoporosis. Calcium is an essential mineral for our bodies, and the strength of our bones and teeth depends on getting enough.

It is especially important to have an adequate intake during the first twenty eight years of our lives, when our bones reach their peak density and our body’s stores of this mineral are laid down. If not, later in life we will be at risk for osteoporosis (thinning and decreased density of the bones). This is one reason why postmenopausal women also need extra calcium, to prevent this disease characterized by brittle bones that break easily.
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