Calcium and Constipation?

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   Posted 6/9/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to take Calcium with D & Magnesium. I stopped because my constipation was getting worse and I know calcium will do that. I need to take calcium - especially since I don't do milk and very little cheese. Since my Crohn's diagnosis, my vegie intake has changed a bit, so I'm probably not getting enough from the foods I eat - at least right now.

Surely, there is a calcium product I can take that won't bind me up in knots?

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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   Posted 6/9/2006 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello starrnr,
Calcium carbonate is the type of calcium that is suggested to help with diarrhea. Calcium citrate should not cause you constipation issues like the carbonate form. The citrate is from citrus sources and as long as you can tolerate that than it should be fine. I would just verify it with your doctor but you shouldn't have the constipation issues.
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   Posted 6/9/2006 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestion. I had forgotten there are 2 kinds of calcium, but would've bypassed both. I appreciate the help.
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   Posted 6/11/2006 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you reminded me about the 2 types of calcium. It made me reach for the Tums or equivalent and realize that is probably why I am constipated again. I started taking them again for acid and figured they would not affect the constipation but they are calcium carbonate and apparantly are. I should know better as I stopped the other calcium supplements.

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   Posted 6/15/2006 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
You can find calcuim citrate that is a two to one ration of calcium to magnesium. This should allow you to take calcium without getting constipated from it. You may find you will need to maybe alternate between the calcium citrate form and calcium carbonate form if you end up getting diarrhea from the magnesium with the calcium citrate. It is trial and error until you get what works for you. This can also apply to those of you who suffer from constipation you can try taking some magnesium tablets to help you with that.


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   Posted 6/15/2006 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Is there a specific brand that has the magnesium combined with the Cal Citrate? How about Vit D? Does the Citrate combine w/Vit D as well? I know the other ones do. I'd prefer to have a combo type of pill -- I tend to not do alot of pills well (forgetful!).

Thanks for the information...
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   Posted 6/15/2006 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I myself take vitamin C-calcium ascorbate, it's buffered so it's easy on the gut, I've had no problems with this so far.

good luck :)
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