Physicians recommend women through age 50 consume 1,000mg of calcium per day, and women over 50 1,200mg. Yet many women of all ages generally take in only 600mg of calcium, a shortfall that becomes problematic for anyone with rheumatoid arthritis, as people with this form of the disease have an accelerated rate of osteoporosis (bone loss). A good calcium supplement, preferably the calcium citrate form, of 800 to 1200mg can help preserve bone strength.
(Source: Nelson, et. al. Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis. G.P Putnam’s Sons. New York: 2002)