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Are milk alternatives good for your bones?


"Milk" and Bone Health

Many nutrients are required for the complex process of bone formation and bone maintenance. Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and boron — to name just a few.

So, when eating — or drinking — for bone health, you need to start with a varied, balanced diet that's nutrient — dense, not calorie — dense. To top it off, you need to make sure you're meeting your minimum calcium needs every day: 1,000 mg (19 - 50; years) or 1,200 mg (51 years +).

Recommended Calcium Intakes*
Ages Amount (mg/day)
Birth - 6 months 210
6 months - 1 year 270
1 - 3 years 500
4 - 8 years 800
9 - 18 years 1300
19 - 50 years 1000
51 years and older 1200
Pregnant and Lactating 1000
14 - 18 years 1300
19 - 50 years 1000

*Source: National Academy of Sciences (NAS)


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