vitamin C increases bone mineral density and reduces risk of osteoporosis

This morning I took a gram of vitamin C to prevent a cold I felt coming on. Who knew I was building my bones?



Vitamin C is the best-known vitamin for fighting colds. But a just published study has found that it may be fighting more than just that.

This meta-analysis looked, not at vitamin C supplements, but at the amount of vitamin C we get in our diet. It found that a diet that is richer in vitamin C is associated with greater bone mineral density. Getting more vitamin C in the diet is also associated with a 33% reduced risk of osteoporosis. Though the improvement did not reach statistical significance, the risk of fracturing a hip was reduced by 26% in people who had more vitamin C in their diet.

This just published meta-analysis of the research on the effect of dietary vitamin C on your bones found that a diet that is richer in vitamin C increases bone mineral density and prevents osteoporosis.

Many fruits and vegetables are loaded in vitamin C. Some good sources include red peppers, broccoli, cabbage, Brussel’s sprouts, deep leafy greens, snow peas, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, guava, papaya, kiwi, oranges, strawberries, pineapple, pink grapefruit, mango and cantaloupe


Br J Nutr 2018;119(8):847-858


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