Can Tums prevent osteoporosis?
Question: I keep seeing these commercials for Tums that tell me it can help prevent osteoporosis. Is that true?
Dr. Wright: Tums are mostly calcium carbonate, the least well-absorbed form of calcium. It's especially poorly absorbed by people with hypochlorhydria, or weak stomach acid production, which is an extremely common condition in people with osteoporosis.
As far as I'm aware, there haven't been any studies showing that calcium carbonate, like what's found in Tums, actually does help prevent osteoporosis. But one thing I AM sure of is that if Tums were all natural, the FDA certainly wouldn't allow the manufacturers to make a claim like that.
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