Caltrate - 600 Plus D Calcium Supplement 600 mg. - 60 Tablets
Caltrate 600+ D Calcium Supplement provides 1200 mg of Calcium and 800 IU of Vitamin D daily, in the convenience of just two tablets, to help keep your bones strong and your body moving. These new smaller tablets are scientifically advanced with the same levels of calcium and vitamin D.
- Advanced Levels of Vitamin D to Help Optimize Calcium Absorption
- #1 Selling brand of Calcium Supplements
- Dr. Recommended Brand
600+ D Product Information
Vitamin D is essential. Without adequate vitamin D, your body can’t absorb enough calcium, which is critical for building and maintaining strong bones. Yet more than two-thirds of all Americans do not get enough vitamin D from their diet. Many experts agree that adults should be getting at least 750 to 800 IU per day.
Trust Caltrate, the expert in Calcium, to help replenish the Calcium and help provide the Vitamin D your body uses every day.
- Adequate Calcium and Vitamin D throughout life, as part of a healthy diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- If you're not getting enough Calcium, your body will take it from your bones.
Did you know?
- Your body uses Clacium for many normal processes such as muscle contraction.
- In a major clinical study, two Caltrate tablets a day helped maintain a healthy colon.
- Emerging science suggest Vitamin D helps support breast health.
Caltrate Frequently Asked Questions
Why should calcium be taken in conjunction with vitamin D?
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is either derived from the diet or produced by our exposure to sunshine, which can vary throughout the year. So in addition to getting enough calcium in your diet through food or supplements, you must be sure to get enough vitamin D as well, to help calcium absorption.
What is calcium?
Calcium is an element that occurs naturally. It is present in foods such as milk, cheese and other dairy products, in broccoli, kale and other dark green vegetables, and in salmon and sardines with bones.
What is calcium carbonate, and what are its advantages?
Calcium carbonate is nature's most concentrated form of calcium, and what Caltrate is made of. It's about 40% elemental calcium by weight so you need to take just two Caltrate tablets per day to get the amount of calcium recommended by the Institute of Medicine for adults 51 years and older. With less concentrated forms of calcium such as citrate, you'd need to take more tablets to get the same amount of calcium.
Why is calcium important?
Calcium is an essential nutrient that helps build and maintain healthy teeth and bones. Most notably, as part of a healthful diet, adequate calcium throughout life may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a disease that's characterized by a decrease in bone mass and an increase in bone fractures. Calcium also plays a role in muscle contraction, blood clotting and nerve function. A recent study suggests that calcium may help reduce the risk of recurrence of colon polyps, a risk factor for colon cancer. While promising, further research is warranted and ongoing.
Calcium is important to people of all genders and ages. Men would benefit by taking calcium supplements; one in eight men over 50 years of age will sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture in his lifetime. Calcium is important for children. Adequate calcium throughout life, including during peak bone-mass-building years, as part of a healthful diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Recent scientific research has determined that even postmenopausal women can benefit from calcium intake as this can help slow the rate of bone loss.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis, often called "brittle bone disease," is a condition in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. When you don't get enough calcium to support bodily functions such as muscle contraction and blood clotting, your body takes what it needs from your bones. Over time, this can lead to pitted, porous and brittle bones: osteoporosis. The disease can develop from calcium deficiency, poor diet, tobacco use or lack of exercise. It occurs in both women and men.
What is the recommended daily calcium intake for women and men?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends 1200 mg of calcium daily for women and men over 51 years of age.
The daily Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) recommended by the National Academy of Sciences for women and men are:
- 19-50 years of age–1000 mg
- 51-70+ years of age–1200 mg
Can women who take estrogen still benefit from a calcium supplement?
Yes, women experiencing menopause generally need increased amounts of calcium due to bone loss associated with menopause. While estrogen protects the skeletal system by promoting the deposit of calcium in bones, those taking estrogen typically still require a calcium supplement. Estrogen is not a substitute for calcium. More specific questions about estrogen should be directed to your physician.
How is Caltrate different from other calcium supplements?
Caltrate products have 20% more calcium per tablet than most other leading brands of calcium supplements. Caltrate has been clinically tested for proven absorption and is made with calcium carbonate, the most concentrated form of calcium. This means you need to take just two tablets per day to get the calcium and the vitamin D3 recommended by the Institute of Medicine for adults 51 years and older (1200 mg). Caltrate is available in four different formulas to suit your calcium supplement needs.
It says "New Smaller Tablets" on my 600+D products. Is this the same Caltrate formula I know and trust?
Yes. Even though these tablets are now pink and smaller, the new smaller tablets contain the same levels of calcium and vitamin D3 as your previous 600+D tablets.
How well is the calcium in Caltrate absorbed?
When Caltrate is taken with food, the absorption rate is approximately the same as that of milk - about one-third. Exactly how much calcium is absorbed depends on the individual.
Note: When physicians recommend 1200 mg of calcium, they're recommending taking 1200 mg, not absorbing 1200 mg.
Is Caltrate safe?
Doctors consider Caltrate one of the most trusted, carefully developed calcium supplements that you can buy. That's why it's the #1 brand of calcium supplements in the United States and globally. And that's why it has been used in several major clinical studies assessing the benefits of calcium on osteoporosis and recurrent colon polyps.
Can Caltrate help reduce the risk of colon cancer?
A well-controlled clinical trial suggested that Caltrate may help reduce the risk of recurrent colon polyps, a risk factor for colon cancer. While promising, further research is warranted and ongoing. In fact, according to the FDA, some evidence suggests that calcium supplements may reduce the risk of colon/rectal cancer; however, the FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive.
How many tablets of Caltrate do I need to take, and when should I take them?
Just two tablets provide you with the daily amount of calcium recommended by osteoporosis experts. For best results, doses should be divided–one tablet taken in the morning, one tablet at night.
How do I break these tablets in half?
Place the tablet score side up on a countertop. While holding one side of the tablet down with your index finger, press down on the other side with your thumb. The tablet should snap evenly at the score. Caltrate hopes its new 600+D Smaller Tablets will aid in swallowing and limit your need to break the tablet in half.
Can the product be crushed and sprinkled over food?
Yes, you can crush any of the Caltrate tablets and mix them into applesauce or any of your favorite soft foods. If you have difficulty swallowing Caltrate tablets, you may also want to try Caltrate Chewables.
Can this product be taken with a multivitamin?
Yes, any Caltrate product can be taken with any Centrum multivitamin.
Do Caltrate products contain sugar or salt?
Caltrate products contain no sugar or salt, with one exception -- Caltrate 600+D Plus Minerals Chewables do contain sugar (two grams per tablet).
Osteoporosis: Help Reduce the Risk
One out of two women over age 50 will sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility. It often progresses without symptoms until a fracture occurs, usually in the hip, spine or wrist. Osteoporosis can lead to pain, disability and, in some cases, even death. Osteoporosis is extremely common. In fact, one out of two women over age 50 will sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime.
You may be susceptible to osteoporosis if you:
- Are a postmenopausal woman
- Have a calcium-deficient diet
- Have a family history of osteoporosis
- Are a thin, petite woman
- Are sedentary
- Drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day
You can decrease your chances of getting osteoporosis
Eating a well-balanced diet, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, consuming adequate calcium and vitamin D from diet and supplements if needed, and doing weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, hiking and dancing may help reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis: Help reduce the risk
Osteoporosis affects middle-aged and older persons, especially those with a family history of fragile bones in later years. Although primarily affecting women, osteoporosis affects men, too. More than 2 million men suffer from osteoporosis. A lifetime of regular exercise and a healthy diet that includes enough calcium builds and maintains good bone health and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
Men are also susceptible to osteoporosis
Although osteoporosis mainly affects women, more than 2 million men have the disease. In fact, one-third of men over the age of 75 have osteoporosis - and one in eight over the age of 50 suffer fractures related to this disease. After age 65, hip fractures are often more serious in men than in women. And men have a 26% higher death rate within a year after a hip fracture than women. Warning signs in men include a change in posture and sudden back pain. However, the most common way osteoporosis is diagnosed in men is by a reduction in height or a fracture.
Calcium Carbonate or Calcium Citrate?
The difference between calcium supplements.
Calcium supplements predominately contain two forms of elemental calcium, either calcium carbonate or calcium citrate. Calcium carbonate, the form of calcium found in Caltrate, is the most concentrated form and is commonly found in food and drug stores.
Caltrate is a calcium carbonate product; it's a smaller tablet with a more concentrated form of calcium so you can take fewer tablets to get the recommended amounts of calcium. And fewer tablets mean your bottle of Caltrate may last longer.
Caltrate: Smaller size, made possible by using a more concentrated form of calcium than citrate products.
Compare the two forms:
Calcium carbonate - Caltrate
A concentrated form of calcium, yielding about twice the amount of elemental calcium than equal amounts of calcium citrate. Calcium carbonate products generally come in smaller size tablets than products using calcium citrate because they have a higher concentration of calcium.
A bulkier form of calcium, yielding about half the elemental calcium than equal amounts of calcium carbonate. Calcium citrate products are generally bulkier than calcium carbonate products with the same amount of calcium so, to get the same amount of elemental calcium, you need to take more tablets or larger tablets.