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Getting Enough Calcium?

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015
Getting Enough Calcium

Our skeleton houses 99 percent of our body’s calcium stores. As a major building-block of our bone tissue, calcium is important for preventing osteoporosis and bone disease. Also, the calcium present in our bones acts as a reservoir for maintaining calcium levels in our blood, which is essential for healthy nerves and muscles.

With age, the body's ability to absorb calcium declines, which is why the suggested daily intake of calcium is higher for seniors. Regardless of age, it is important for individuals to consume the proper amount of calcium for better health and stronger bones in the future.

Learn more about Doylestown Health's Osteoporosis and Bone Health Program

Suggested Daily Calcium Intakes

Infants - Young Adults

Age Milligrams
Birth to 6 Months 210
7 Months to 1 Year 270
1 to 3 Years 500
4 to 8 Years 800
9 to 18 Years 1,300


Age Milligrams
Men / Women ( < 51 years ) 1,000
Postmenopausal Women on Estrogen 1,200
Postmenopausal Women NOT on Estrogen 1,500
Men / Women ( 51 years + ) 1,200
Pregnant and Lactating Women 1,200

Calcium Food Reference Chart

Below is a list of the calcium content of various foods. Serving sizes are based on average portions, and calcium content is approximate as it varies depending on the method of production, recipe, or brand.

Product Serving Size Calcium (mg)
Milk ( skim )
8 oz
Milk ( whole ) 291
Milk, low fat chocolate 287
Almond milk 103
Yogurt, non fat
8 oz
Yogurt, low fat 415
Hard cheese - e.g. Cheddar
1 oz
Soft cheese - e.g. Brie 120
Feta 140
Mozzarella ( part skim ) 183
Cream cheese 180
Meat, Fish and Eggs
1.5 oz
4 oz
Chicken 17
Fish 20
Collard green
1 cup
Kale 179
Broccoli ( cooked ) 178
Carrots ( raw )
1/2 cup
4 oz
Figs, dried
2 oz
Raisins 62
Beans and Lentils
4 oz raw
8 oz cooked
White beans 176
Red beans 124
Green / French beans 66
Ice cream, vanilla
1/2 cup
Vanilla soft serve 113
Frozen yogurt 90
Rice pudding 152

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