Calcium supplements are recommended by doctors nationwide, and found in every major supermarket chain: Walgreens, Target . . . there are 11,000 results for calcium on Amazon alone.
The most common form—often at the lowest cost—is calcium carbonate. Another regular form is calcium citrate. When we looked at studies done on these two types of calcium we found that an analysis of fifteen randomized trials determined calcium citrate was absorbed 22% to 27% better than calcium carbonate.
Immediately, it’s as clear as day: different forms of calcium have different absorption rates, varying bioavailability (the ease with which nutrients make their way into your body).
Why absorption rate matters
Absorption rate is a key measuring tool. Some calcium supplements contain 1200 MG, while others have a mere 80 MG.
Smaller doses of high quality calcium can often be absorbed faster and better than low quality megadoses of the same supplement. And what you probably don’t know is that habitually taking megadoses of low quality vitamins will cause your body to absorb less in an attempt to protect itself in the future (bodies are smart like that).
So what would you prefer? Calcium that actually penetrates the cellular membrane to benefit the body, or calcium that does a quick drive-through only to exit your system as expensive urine?
Sounds like a no-brainer.
How we found the best calcium out there
Healthiest looked at all the available calcium supplements and chose a readily absorbable version containing a healthy blend of the most bioavailable forms, citrate and malate.
Furthermore, recent research indicated that taking magnesium in conjunction with calcium rapidly increased the absorption of the latter. And as we mentioned above, inexpensive calcium carbonate, when taken without magnesium, can actually be harmful!
So, naturally, we found a product that gives you the best of both worlds. Calcium-Magnesium CitraMate from Thorne brings you a 1:1 ratio of each element to improve bone support and reduce the risk of disease.
And since calcium is required for heart health, muscle function, nerve transmission, intracellular signaling and hormonal secretion (yeah, all of that), it’s important you get the amount you need . . . and let’s not forget, the amount you pay for.
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