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A sweeter solution to the calcium problem may be to eat 10 grams of glucose--a simple sugar -- along wit the calcium source of your choice. In human studies using radioactively tagged calcium. Richard J. Wood at the Agriculture Department's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston showed that this sugar -- whether pure or in polymer supplements available at drug stores--can increase the bioavailability of at least one form of the mineral (calcium chloride) by nearly 25 percent. Wood believes this may prove particularly useful for the elderly, who have trouble absorbing calcium efficiently. And if you're not afraid of the extra calories, his data indicate that consuming 40 grams of glucose (160 calories) can increase calcium bioavailability by almost 50 percent.
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Title Annotation:glucose found to increase bioavailability of calcium
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 12, 1988
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