In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 149 healthy prepubertal girls, average age of approximately 8 years, were either allocated two food products containing 850 mg of calcium (fortified with dairy calcium) or not on a daily basis for 1 yr. Areal bone mineral density, bone mineral content, and bone size were determined at six sites by
dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. The results suggest a possible positive effect of calcium supplementation on skeletal growth at that age. In conclusion, calcium-enriched foods significantly increased bone mass accrual in prepubertal girls.
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