Harvard Health Letter

Best way to get your calcium

Several recent studies have found an increased risk of heart attack among people taking calcium supplements. Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, questions the link and notes that such risks haven’t been found with calcium-rich foods. She recommends that you get most of your calcium from food sources if possible. Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese, yogurt, soy products, sardines, canned salmon, fortified cereal, fortified juices, and dark leafy greens such as kale and collard greens. Read food labels to help you reach 1,000 mg of dietary calcium a day.
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