Have been taking calcium carbonate and I am suffering with stomach issues. I am wondering if this is related to calcium or something else. Is there a difference in calcium pills? I'm not talking about absorption, but rather gas like pains and cramping and "stool" problems? Anyone?
Calcium can definitely cause all the symptoms you mentioned. I took it for years and it didn't bother me too much, but once I started Actonel, it became impossible to take supplements, although I tried them all. Now that I'm on Forteo, I have switched to high calcium foods, and also take it in my multiple vitamin and it doesn't hurt, so I hope that it will work out for me. Also, after all the years I took the supplements, I didn't realize until recently that it shouldn't be taken at the same time as certain meds, or it will interfere with their effectiveness. All the calcium I took in conjunction with exercise over the years didn't prevent me from getting osteoporosis, either. Fortunately I didn't get kidney stones. So I'm just trying to work with the Forteo, eat yogurt and other calcium rich foods in moderation, and work with my body. Good luck!
First of all you need to be taking calcium citrate not calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate will definitely cause you stomach upsets. You also need to be taking magnesium with the calcium. Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium and also helps to prevent the stomach upsets and constipation. The usual recommendation is 500mg of calcium to 250mg of magnesium, although I talk to other women who say that the magnesium is more important that the calcium. The magnesium will definitely stop your problems and so will switching the type of calcium you take. Having just come through a bad bout of kidney stones, it is important to note that it is far better to get your calcium from your diet. But, if you do take calcium then drink lots of water and even add concentrated lemon juice to the water. That helps to prevent the stones from forming. If you can't do that then drink a glass of orange juice every day.
calcium carbonate is alkaline it is often used in antacids to effectively turn off stomache acid, hence the stomache problems, it is also the least effective calcium for osteoporosis. many minerals make up the bone matrix including calcium citrate(most absorbable), hydroxyapatite, magnesium ,vitamin D3 ,manganese silica ,Zinc ,boron ,vitamin K, you should be able to get a complete calcium formula from a health food store or a naturopath.
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