Calcium citrate & elemental calcium
Hi, I was newly diagnosed with osteoporosis. My doctor told me to start taking 1200 mg of calcium. I started with calcium citrate 600 mg, w/ 2 pills, so that I could divide the pills throughout the day for better absorption. I am also taking vitamin D and vitamin K2. I take both of those separately. It is very difficult to find calcium carbonate without vitamin D already in it. I am taking 1000 vitamin D and 100 of vit K2. This is my dilemma and I have spent countless hours and up way too late at night doing research on nutrition, vitamins, minerals, absorption, interactions, etc!!!! Back to the point, I was under the misconception that I was getting 600 mg of calcium citrate out of my two pills. However my new understanding after speaking with two pharmacist and reading a lot of articles states that I’m actually only getting 21% of that 600 mg which means out of two pills I’m only getting 126 mg of calcium. So how can I reach 1200 mg or even 900 mg without taking 16 pills or more???!!! Am I way off? I thought the supplemental label fact sheet stated the actual amount of elemental calcium in the pill. But the pharmacist told me that is not correct. Calcium citrate is 21% elemental calcium which means the rest of it is just filler. Can anyone give me insight into this?