Inflammatory arthritis accelerates bone loss, so getting the optimum intake of calcium daily is critical. Diet plus a multivitamin usually isn’t enough. Supplement with 500mg doses one or more times a day with meals. (Exception: calcium citrate, which can be taken without food.) Look for calcium with added vitamin D.
(Source: Arthritis Today magazine, published by the Arthritis Foundation, online at www.arthritis.org. To subscribe, go to their website or call 1-800-283-7800.)