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How much calcium do we need?

Osteoporosis Canada Daily Calcium Requirement Recommendations

Age Group Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) per day Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) per day
Infants 0-6 months 200 mg 1000 mg
Infants 7-12 months 260 mg 1500 mg
Children 1-3 years 700 mg 2500 mg
Children 4-8 years 1000 mg 2500 mg
Adults 9-18 years 1300 mg 3000 mg
Adults 19-50 1000 mg 2500 mg
Adults 51-70 years

Men

Women

 

1000 mg

1200 mg

 

2000 mg

2000 mg

Adults > 70 years 1200 mg 2000 mg
Pregnancy & Lactation

14-18 years

19-50 years

 

1300 mg

1000 mg

 

3000 mg

2500 mg

*Adequate Intake rather than Recommended Dietary Allowance.