Teen Health: Calcium Supplements for Girls
Adolescence is a time of bone growth and remodeling. The recommended calcium intake for adolescent girls is 1,300 milligrams a day. It is important that girls your daughter's age get this amount of calcium each and every day. And it is not too early to worry about—and take steps to prevent—osteoporosis.
Besides dairy products, good sources of calcium include orange juice supplemented with calcium, tofu, collard greens, broccoli, sesame seeds, almonds and even whole-wheat English muffins. Check out the U.S. government Web site Powerful Bones for additional information.
Even after adding calcium-rich foods, if your daughter isn't getting enough calcium in her diet, supplemental calcium could help.