Taking Adcal-D3 Caplets with food

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I refer to the patient Information leaflet regarding Adcal-D3 Caplets.

At the borrom of side 1, it states:     Adcal-D3 Caplets with food.

This medicine should not be taken within 2 hours of eating foods rich in oxalic acid (e.g. spinach and rhubarb), phosphate (e.g. bran), or phytic acid (e.g. whole cereals).

I would be very grateful if any one could give me more detailed information on what these foods are.

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Rex Sara


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    The reason is because these substances can interfere with absorption of calcium.  You can google lists of these foods, I can't post the links here.  I think calcium is best absorbed with things like citrus, though, so maybe find a few things which go well with the calcium and make it a habit to consume them with the caplets?

    Another supplement you could consider getting is Vitamin K2.  You can get good info on that on the internet also.  It, along with magnesium, is what guides the calcium into the bones where we want it. 

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    Just take it away from meals and other meds for best absorption. 

    I do that with magnesium.

    I take vitamin D3 separate from calcium only because I would only take calcium if my blood tests said I was deficient. I do have them on hand though.

    My D3 was prescribed by my specialist so I need that as was deficient in my blood tests and I have Crohns but is managed.

    If you are worried have them checked in your blood tests.

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      My bottle of calcium citrate (+magnesium and a couple of other things) says to take with food but away from other medications.  I certainly feel it if I don't have a snack with my bedtime calcium, and I also try to have it at least half an hour before I lie down.  Must confess I don't really pay attention to whether my supper is compatible with calcium, but there's just so much one can do!  In general I think I eat a bone healthy diet, but being a vegetarian I do consume beans and I think they can be high in phytic acid.  But I need the protein and calories, so it's a balance.

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