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What is the difference between calcium carbonate and calcium citrate?

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Before you can understand these two types of calcium, you first need to understand how calcium is absorbed. Calcium is absorbed in the small intestine and this involves a number of different factors. Complete absorption of calcium in the small intestine is not possible and the different types of calcium supplements also have an impact on the amount absorbed. In addition, the acidity of the small intestine, the level of vitamin D in the body and the level of oestrogen also have an effect on the amount absorbed.


The magnitude of side effects produced by calcium supplements is also related to the factors mentioned above.


Let's look at the comparison between calcium carbonate and calcium citrate.


Compared to calcium citrate, calcium carbonate is not only cheaper but also easily available. The natural concentration of calcium in calcium carbonate is much higher, so a small amount of tablets is sufficient for daily needs. In contrast, more calcium citrate needs to be taken to get your daily requirements as it contains a smaller amount of natural calcium.


The absorption of calcium carbonate requires more stomach acid as it is alkaline based. It is therefore recommended to take it after a meal or with orange juice or lemon juice (how acidic is the drink). This does not apply to calcium citrate as it is easily absorbed.


While calcium carbonate can cause side effects such as indigestion and flatulence, calcium citrate can produce adverse effects such as headaches and constipation.

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People with allergies may have allergic reactions to both forms of calcium.


Calcium carbonate and calcium citrate are used for the same purpose and the user can choose one or the other depending on their situation.


What is always important to remember is to take calcium supplements strictly in the recommended dosage, as excessive intake may cause health problems.


The difference between calcium carbonate and calcium citrate is that calcium carbonate is a kind of inorganic calcium with a very high calcium content, while calcium citrate is a kind of organic calcium, which should be treated with medication under the guidance of a professional doctor.


1, calcium carbonate: calcium carbonate is a kind of inorganic calcium, the calcium content of each tablet is very high, but the solubility and absorption rate is relatively low, calcium carbonate in the absorption also requires the participation of stomach acid, if their own gastrointestinal disorders, after taking calcium carbonate will also have constipation, gas, vomiting or belching and other uncomfortable performance, there are a few patients may occur hypercalcemia.


2, calcium citrate: calcium citrate is a kind of organic calcium, absorption rate and utilization rate is relatively high, significantly higher than some inorganic calcium, and does not use stomach acid to participate in the absorption, while the patient's gastrointestinal tract stimulation is also very small. It is important to maintain a varied diet and to supplement calcium through dietary therapy, such as eating more shrimp and milk, to avoid nutritional imbalances and to prevent picky or partial eating.


When the weather is good, you can also go outdoors to get some sunshine, which is good for calcium absorption. In addition, you should develop regular rest and rest habits and avoid staying up late for a long time, otherwise it will lead to a decline in immunity.

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