Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Can Caffeine Interfere With Calcium Absorption?

There has been some talk recently about caffeine interfering with calcium absorption. Don't worry about skipping your lattes, because according to Dr. Robert Heaney, a researcher at Creighton University in Nebraska, caffeine reduces calcium absorption very slightly. As little as one to two tablespoons of milk is enough to
offset any potential effects of the caffeine.

Rather than worry about calcium-caffeine interactions, just be sure to get enough calcium from food and/or supplements. Women between the ages of 19-50 need 1000 milligrams per day and 1200 milligrams is recommended for those over 50.

Remember if you do suffer from night sweats and hot flashes caffeine can increase these menopausal symptoms, so stick with decaf lattes rather than caffeinated.

Photo by: Unique_Snowflake

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