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Vitamin C: Good for Your Bones

Vitamin C linked to Reduced Bone Loss in Older Men

Vitamin C and Bones: Second Opinion

The new finding is "interesting and plausible," says Robert P. Heaney, MD, professor at John A. Creighton University in Omaha and a longtime researcher in osteoporosis.

"There is good biology behind it," he says. "If you don't have enough vitamin C, you don't make bones right. Collagen is the principal protein of bones, accounting for nearly half the volume. What the collagen does is prevent bones from coming apart."

In recent years, says Heaney, researchers have found that maintaining bone density requires not just getting enough calcium, but also vitamin D and protein. Now, more evidence is emerging about the important role of vitamin C and bones as well, he says.

Vitamin C and Bones: Advice

The new research isn't a call to dose up with supplements, Tucker says. She believes in getting as much vitamin C as possible from fruits and vegetables, supplementing with a vitamin tablet if necessary.

Getting enough vitamin D and calcium is also still important for bone maintenance, she says.

Heaney agrees and adds this advice: "Eat a good diet. Exercise, walk, skip rope, jog.''

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