Q: Which type of calcium supplement is best absorbed? How many milligrams do you suggest for a woman in her 60s?
A: Most calcium supplements sold are either calcium carbonate or calcium citrate, and either one is reasonable in people who need calcium supplementation. I prefer dietary calcium when possible: Calcium supplements increase the risk associated with kidney stones, while calcium mineral in food (dairy products and fish with tiny bones, such as sardines, are excellent sources) decreases kidney stone risk. Further, there will be some suggestion that calcium supplement supplementation may increase heart disease risk, and while the evidence is conflicting, calcium through food seems safer than calcium dietary supplements to me.