How much calcium do I need daily?
Daily recommendations of calcium differ according to age, sex, daily activity, the individual’s health, metabolic and medical conditions. But, the recommended calcium amount according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is:
- From birth to 6 months: 1000 mg
- Infants from 7 to 12 months: 1500 mg
- Children from 1 to 3 years: 500 mg
- Children from 4 to 8 years: 700 mg
- Children from 9 to 13 years: 1000 mg
- Teens from 14 to 18 years: 1300 mg
- Male adult from 19 to 70 years: 1000 mg
- Female adult from 19 to 50 years: 1000 mg
- Pregnant teens and women: 1100 mg
- Breastfeeding teens and women: 1300 mg
- Seniors from 50 years and older: 1300 mg
Calcium should be combined with vitamin D as the calcium can’t deposit in bone or absorbed from the gut with vitamin D.
People at risk of calcium deficiency may need more than the daily calcium recommendation.