CALCIUM, AN essential
nutrient, is important
Adequate calcium as
part of a healthful diet,
along with physical
activity, may reduce
the risk of osteoporosis as you get older.
One serving of
Calcium Citrate, Magnesium and Zinc,
with Vitamin D3, contains 500 milligrams
(mg) of calcium, 80 mg of magnesium
and 10 mg of zinc, plus vitamin D3 and
other minerals. This supplement is free
of preservatives and contains no artifi-
cial colors, flavors, yeast or gluten, and
is also lactose-free.
Along with a healthful
lifestyle, the combination of these key ingredients in Kirkland
Citrate, Magnesium and
Zinc, with Vitamin D3, is
formulated to help
reduce the risk of
osteoporosis as you
age. As with all supplements, consult your
doctor before adding it
to your daily health routine.
Kirkland Signature Calcium Citrate,
Magnesium and Zinc, with Vitamin D3, is
available as tablets in the warehouse
and on Costco.com, in a 500-count container. As with all Kirkland Signature vitamins and supplements, Costco offers
this at an exceptional value compared
with other retailers. Item #588153.
Magnesium and Zinc
Fighting low bone density
APPROXIMATELY ONE in two women
and one in four men older than ;; will
break a bone due to osteoporosis,
according to the National Osteoporosis
Foundation (NOF; nof.org). In fact, an
estimated ;; million Americans have
osteoporosis or low bone density.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that
results in weak, brittle bones, making
them more susceptible to fractures. One
of the most common causes of osteoporosis is the failure to take in adequate
amounts of key nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D help build strong bones and keep
them healthy as you age. The body also
uses calcium to help the blood clot, contract muscles and keep the heart beating. If you don’t get enough calcium in
your diet, your body takes needed calcium from your bones.
A healthy lifestyle with physical
activity and a balanced diet, including
an adequate amount of calcium, may
reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later
life, according to the NOF. In addition to
a healthy lifestyle, supplements can help
support healthy bones and reduce the
risk of osteoporosis by supplying enough
calcium and vitamin D. The recommended dietary allowance of calcium is
;,;;; milligrams (mg) for women ages
;; and younger and men ages ;; and
younger. For women ages ;; or older and
men ages ;; or older, the recommended
daily intake of calcium is ;,;;; mg.
Sources of calcium
It is best to get calcium in your diet
through dairy, nuts, leafy greens and fish,
and to produce vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. The recommended
amount of vitamin D for men and women
under ;; is ;;; to ;;; international units
(IU) daily, and for ages ;; and older is ;;;
to ;;;; IU daily. Supplements are available if you aren’t able to reach your goals.
Look for a U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP)
Verified product to ensure high quality.
Most patients do well on supplements
that contain calcium carbonate or calcium
citrate. Calcium carbonate tablets are
inexpensive and provide more calcium in
fewer tablets, but can cause constipation.
Calcium citrate may be tolerated better,
but is more expensive and has less calcium
per tablet. Calcium is absorbed best if you
take no more than ;;; mg at a time. You
can find a variety of Kirkland Signature™
calcium supplements in the warehouse
and on Costco.com. Your Costco pharmacist can help you pick a calcium supplement that is right for you.
Bone density screening
Many people don’t know they have
osteoporosis until they break a bone, so
screening is important. Free bone density
screenings are offered at Costco pharmacies. Bone density testing is performed by
doing an ultrasound of the heel bone. The
test takes about a minute and provides
immediate results. The result is reported
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as a T-score, a number that compares
your bone density with the average bone
density of a young, healthy person. The
T-score can help determine your risk of
having a bone fracture: The lower the
T-score, the higher the risk for fracture.
A T-score greater than minus ; is considered normal. To find a screening in
your area, go to Costco.com and search