oa Professional Nursing Today - Calcium supplementation : review
Calcium is a mineral required by the body for healthy bones, teeth, and proper function of the heart, muscles and nerves. The best way to get the right daily amount of calcium is to eat a diet rich in calcium-containing foods. However, for people who cannot consume enough calcium from food or beverages and are unable to make changes in their eating habits, calcium supplementation may be necessary to obtain adequate calcium intakes.
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