In addition, your body’s need for calcium actually increases as you get older. Your bones may reach maximum strength and density around age 30, but as you age, your body absorbs calcium from your diet at a lower rate. You need to eat foods high in calcium to make up for this lower absorption and to help maintain the bone strength you gained when you were younger.
Unfortunately, most Americans get less than half of their calcium needs every day. And that not only impacts your bones, but the rest of your body as well. Studies have shown that calcium may also help lower high blood pressure and control weight.