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  • Calcium is an element that occurs naturally. It is present in foods such as milk, cheese and other dairy products, in broccoli, kale and other dark green vegetables, and in salmon and sardines with bones.

  • Calcium supplements provide elemental calcium. Two forms of elemental calcium are calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. Calcium carbonate is nature's most concentrated form of calcium, and the form of calcium found in most Caltrate products+++. Calcium carbonate yields about twice the amount of elemental calcium as equal amounts of calcium citrate. Calcium carbonate products generally come in a smaller number of tablets than products using calcium citrate because they have a higher concentration of calcium.

  • When Caltrate tablets are taken with food, the absorption rate is approximately the same as that of milk - about one-third. Exactly how much calcium is absorbed depends on the individual. Note: When physicians recommend 600 mg of calcium, they're recommending taking 600 mg, not absorbing 600 mg.

  • Osteoporosis, often called "brittle bone disease," is a condition in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. When you don't get enough calcium to support bodily functions such as muscle contraction and blood clotting, your body takes what it needs from your bones. Over time, this can lead to pitted, porous and brittle bones: Osteoporosis.

    The disease can develop from calcium deficiency, poor diet, tobacco use or lack of exercise. It occurs in both women and men.

  • Calcium is an essential nutrient that helps build and maintain healthy teeth and bones. Calcium also plays a role in muscle contraction, blood clotting and nerve function.* Most notably, as part of a healthy diet, adequate calcium throughout life may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a disease that's characterized by a decrease in bone mass and an increase in bone fractures.

    Calcium is important to people of all genders and ages. Men would benefit by taking calcium supplements; one in eight men over 50 years of age will sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture in his lifetime. Calcium is also important for children. Even postmenopausal women can benefit from calcium intake as this can help slow the rate of bone loss. Adequate calcium throughout life, including during peak bone-mass-building years, as part of a healthful diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

  • The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends 1200 mg of calcium daily for women and men over 51 years of age.

    The daily Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) recommended by the National Academy of Sciences for women and men are:

    19-50 years of age – 1000 mg
    51-70 years of age – 1000 mg
    71+ years age – 1200 mg

    19-50 years of age – 1000 mg
    51-70 years of age – 1200 mg
    71+ years age – 1200 mg

  • Women experiencing menopause need increased amounts of calcium due to less calcium absorption associated with menopause. For more specific questions about estrogen and calcium supplements, consult your physician.

  • Caltrate has been clinically tested and provides calcium carbonate+++ the most concentrated form of calcium. And is among the most clinically studied calcium supplement brands in the world. Caltrate 600+ D3 and Plus Minerals formulation contain the most vitamin D3 per tablet among leading brands. Caltrate has a 30 year legacy in providing quality bone health supplements.*

  • Caltrate is available in four formulas, designed to suit different calcium needs:

    • Caltrate 600+D3 that contain calcium and vitamin D3 in a tablet form.
    • Caltrate 600+D3 Soft Chews that contain calcium and vitamin D3 in a soft chew form.
    • Caltrate Gummy Bites that contain calcium and vitamin D3 in a gummy form.
    • Caltrate 600+D3 Plus Minerals that contain calcium and vitamin D3 plus four essential minerals in tablet, mini-tablet, and chewable tablet form.
  • Doctors consider Caltrate one of the most trusted, carefully developed calcium supplements that you can buy. That's why it's the #1 selling brand of calcium supplements in the United States and globally. And that's why it has been used in several major clinical studies assessing the benefits of calcium on osteoporosis.

  • For Caltrate 600+D3 and Caltrate 600+D3 Plus Minerals, take one tablet or chewable tablet up to two times daily with food or as directed by your physician. For Caltrate 600+D3 Plus Minerals Minis, take two mini tablets once daily with food or as directed by your physician.

  • For Caltrate 600+D3 Soft Chews, take one soft chew up to two times daily with or without food or as directed by your physician.

  • For Caltrate Gummy Bites, take two gummy bites up to two times daily with or without food or as directed by your physician.

  • Although the tablets were designed to be swallowed whole, if you need to break the tablet in half follow these steps: Place the tablet score side up on a countertop. While holding one side of the tablet down with your index finger, press down on the other side with your thumb. The tablet should snap evenly at the score.

  • These tablets are designed to be swallowed whole; however, if needed, you can crush any of the Caltrate tablets and mix them into applesauce or any of your favorite soft foods. You may also want to try our other forms: Caltrate Plus Minerals chewable tablets, Caltrate Soft Chews, or Caltrate Gummy Bites.

  • Yes, one serving of any Caltrate product can be taken with a multivitamin containing less than 400 mg of calcium. We always recommend that you consult with your healthcare professional to determine the best calcium supplementation regimen for you based on your individual needs.

  • Some Caltrate forms do contain a small amount of sugar in the following amounts per serving:

    • Plus Mineral Chewable Tablets – < 1 gram of sugar alcohol per tablet
    • Chocolate Soft Chews – 2 grams
    • Vanilla Soft Chews – 2 grams
    • Gummy Bites – 7 grams
  • Caltrate 600 calcium only supplement is no longer being sold at most retailers as this product has been discontinued for business reasons. However, there are several other Caltrate products that include Vitamin D3 that can be selected in place of this product to help you meet your calcium needs.

  • Recent survey data indicates that most Americans get calcium in their diet and may only need 1 tablet of Caltrate in order to get the recommended amounts by the Institute of Medicine.