Calcium and Vitamin D are essential nutrients known for their role in bone health. However, a lot of vitamin companies have been touting these two substances for all kinds of health benefits beyond the skeletal system. This has created some confusion about nutritional messaging.
To help clarify this issue, the US and Canadian governments requested the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to assess the current data and outcomes related to these two nutrients. Their findings were released in a brief on November 2010 and are they are summarized below.