Adequate calcium intake throughout life is very important. Bones gradually become stronger and and denser as children and adolescents develop. Later in life, as we age, bones become less dense. If young adults fail take to take in enough calcium, they are more likely to develop osteoporosis, later in life.
The Adequate Intake Level for calcium is 1,000 milligrams per day for adults between 19 to 50.
The youth population need more calcium to maximize peak bone mass and growth; the recommended requirement for the age group 9 to 18 is 1,300 mg per day.
The Adequate Intake Level for calcium for adults aged 51 and older is 1,200 milligrams per day.
Nonfat milk is the most nutrient dense source of calcium due to its high calcium content and low fat and calorie content.