The preferred way to get the calcium you need each day is from the foods you eat. It is important to estimate your calcium intake to find out if you are consuming the amount of calcium that is recommended for you.
How can I estimate my calcium intake?
Click on NYSOPEP's Estimating Calcium Worksheet below to find out how much calcium you consume in the foods you eat in a typical day. If you eat less calcium than is recommended for you, go to Calcium Sources for a list of calcium rich foods to try before considering a calcium supplement. Calcium supplements should only be taken when you have difficulty consuming the recommended amount of calcium from the foods you eat.