Caltrate 600+D3 (200 Count) Calcium and Vitamin D Supplement Tablet, 600 mg

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Osteoporosis leads to life altering fractures of the hip and spine. 

Calcium Citrate is the form of calcium recommended for people taking acid blocking medications or for those who have had bariatric surgery, because it is well absorbed even with the lack of stomach acid.  Other forms of calcium such as calcium carbonate may be very poorly absorbed when there is not enough stomach acid. Vitamin D is also important for calcium absorption and bone health.  

While osteoporosis guidelines recommend 1200 mg calcium per day, the ASMBS bariatric surgery guidelines recommend 1200-1500 mg Calcium per day including food sources to keep bones healthy. The following list may help you to calculate your usual intake of calcium through foods:

Selected Food Sources of Calcium [2]

Food Milligrams (mg)
per serving
Percent DV*
Yogurt, plain, low fat, 8 ounces 415 32
Orange juice, calcium fortified, 1 cup 349 27
Mozzarella, part skim, 1.5 ounces 333 26
Sardines, canned in oil, with bones, 3 ounces 325 25
Cheddar cheese, 1.5 ounces 307 24
Milk, nonfat, 1 cup** 299 23
Soymilk, calcium fortified, 1 cup 299 23
Milk, reduced fat (2% milk fat), 1 cup 293 23
Milk, buttermilk, lowfat, 1 cup 284 22
Milk, whole (3.25% milk fat), 1 cup 276 21
Yogurt, fruit, low fat, 6 ounces 258 20
Tofu, firm, made with calcium sulfate, ½ cup*** 253 19
Salmon, pink, canned, solids with bone, 3 ounces 181 14
Cottage cheese, 1% milk fat, 1 cup 138 11
Tofu, soft, made with calcium sulfate, ½ cup*** 138 11
Breakfast cereals, fortified with 10% of the DV for calcium, 1 seving 130 10
Frozen yogurt, vanilla, soft serve, ½ cup 103 8
Turnip greens, fresh, boiled, ½ cup 99 8

Source: NIH website

2019 Guidelines for Supplementation after Gastric Bypass.

2019 Guidelines for Supplementation after Sleeve Gastrectomy.