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Calcium Carbonate vs Calcium Citrate

Calcium Carbonate vs Calcium Citrate

Not all calcium supplements are created equal. Calcium carbonate, the form of calcium found in Caltrate®, is the most concentrated form of calcium.

Calcium supplements are generally made with one of two sources of elemental calcium: either calcium carbonate or calcium citrate. Calcium carbonate, the form of calcium found in Caltrate®, is the most concentrated form and is commonly found in food and drug stores.

Most formulas supply calcium in the form of calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate, which is found in Caltrate® +++, is more concentrated, allowing for smaller or fewer tablets.

And fewer tablets mean your bottle of Caltrate® may last longer per bottle compared with other forms.

Let’s compare the two forms:

Calcium carbonate – Caltrate®

  • Concentrated form of calcium
  • Yields about twice the amount of elemental calcium as equal amounts of calcium citrate
  • Provides same amount of calcium in a smaller-sized tablet than products using calcium citrate

Calcium citrate

  • Bulkier form of calcium
  • Yields about half the elemental calcium than equal amounts of calcium carbonate
  • Requires more tablets or larger tablets than calcium carbonate products to get the same amount of elemental calcium