No Bones About It

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By our own admittedly unscientific rating system, calcium ranks among the less sexy supplements. Yes, it makes for healthy bones, it’s critical to muscle contraction and it just might be associated with increased fat loss, but it still doesn’t get much hoopla.

However, new research improved calcium’s outlook a bit. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology examined the eating habits of 23,366 Swedish men over a period of nine years. Those who consumed the most calcium, up to double the recommended intake, were 25 percent less likely to die. Which kind of puts a nice spin on taking a rather mundane supplement.

Dosage: Take between 1,000 and 2,000 milligrams of calcium daily in divided doses, with food.

Kaluza, J., et al. “Dietary calcium and magnesium intake and mortality: a prospective study of men.” Am J Epidemiol. 2010 Apr 1;171(7):801-7.