- Calcium is important for supporting bone health, but let’s give some credit to “helper nutrients” that lend an extra hand—like vitamin D.
- While you can likely meet most of your calcium requirements through diet alone, it’s really tough to get enough vitamin D without the help of supplementation.
While it may take all the credit, calcium isn’t the only nutrient you need to support bone health. Instead, you might consider focusing on what we like to call calcium “helper” nutrients: vitamin K2, magnesium, boron and vitamin D all do a lot of heavy-lifting behind the scenes to ensure that your body is making the most of the calcium you’re getting through your diet.*
But let’s focus on vitamin D in particular, because this powerhouse nutrient deserves credit where credit is due. You probably know that vitamin D is important, and that due to a lack of sunlight (along with a few other factors), most of us don’t get enough of it. But do you know the specifics of how vitamin D helps support your bone health?*(1)
Without enough vitamin D, calcium can’t do its job as well.
Over 99 percent of the calcium in your body is found in your bones and teeth—and as such, you need calcium in order to keep your bones strong. The amount of calcium you need is going to depend on your age; women under the age of 50 need 1000 mg of calcium per day, while women over the age of 50 have a slightly higher recommended daily intake (1200 mg per day).* (2,3)
But the amount of calcium you’re consuming doesn’t paint the full picture for bone health. Vitamin D aids with calcium absorption, so without enough of it, your foundation for bone support might not be as strong as it could be.*