Calcium Intake Recommendations

Calcium in our blood is important for the control of many things, such as:

  • Blood clotting.

  • Conducting of nerve impulses.

  • Muscle contraction.

  • Maintaining teeth and bone health.

  • Other body functions.

Age group / Amount of calcium to consume daily, in milligrams (mg)

  • Birth to 6 months / 200 mg

  • Infants 7 to 12 months / 260 mg

  • Children 1 to 3 years / 700 mg

  • Children 4 to 8 years / 1,000 mg

  • Children 9 to 13 years / 1,300 mg

  • Teens 14 to 18 years / 1,300 mg

  • Adults 19 to 50 years / 1,000 mg

  • Adult women 51 to 70 years / 1,200 mg

  • Adults 71 years and older / 1,200 mg

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding teens / 1,300 mg

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding adults / 1,000 mg