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Taking Calcium Before a Workout Protects Bones
October 4, 2013

New research suggests that taking calcium pills before a workout can protect bone health.

People who train intensely can lose significant amounts of calcium while sweating, leading to reduced bone density. In response, researchers looked into the effect of taking calcium before and after training.

They found that while calcium levels drop regardless of whether a calcium supplement is taken before or after training, those who take it before training suffer a lower loss of the crucial mineral.

However, researchers are quick to caution that further research is needed. The initial study focused on elite athletes and only on men. The sample size was also relatively small, with 52 male cyclists.

Matt O'Neill, Nutritionist and Director of Smartshape and Metabolic Jumpstart, also believes that calcium is important but stresses that the timing is likely only relevant for athletes.

"This study is a reminder that getting enough calcium (1,000mg per day) is the first priority for everyone, he said. O'Neill concurred that the best way to get calcium was through natural foods and drinks, such as yoghurt, nuts, eggs and milk.

Then as an option, mainly for athletes who sweat a lot during training, timing calcium intake before training could help to protect your bones from potential calcium loss."


This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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