Looking at the U.S. Government’s Guidelines on Calcium
The U.S. Government has provided guidelines on calcium intake — Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) — based on age group (and gender, for those in the 51-70 age group). Because your body doesn’t make minerals such as calcium, you need to eat foods rich in calcium for optimal health.
As with other nutrients that you consume, expert panels of scientists determine the acceptable level of calcium intake for optimal health. The expert panel comes up with recommendations depending on your age and gender, as well as whether you’re pregnant or nursing. You can read the Food and Nutrition Board's full report.
The table shows the calcium recommendations for children; girls and women; and boys and men. You can easily fulfill these recommendations by taking one calcium tablet twice daily as an adult and eating a portion of any of the foods listed among the best sources of calcium.
|Age||RDA: Milligrams of Calcium Daily||UL: Milligrams of Calcium Daily|
|Up to 6 months||200*||1,000|
|7 to 12 months||260*||1,500|
|1 to 3 years||700||2,500|
|4 to 8 years||1000||2,500|
|9 to 18 years||1,300||3,000|
|19 to 50 years||1,000||2,500|
|51 to 70 years:
|Older than 70 years||1,200||2,000|
* An adequate intake (AI) value was set instead of an RDA.
Men get osteoporosis and suffer hip fractures just like women. By age 80, about 25 percent of men will have had a hip fracture. Eat your calcium and vitamin D-rich foods, men!