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.''