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Vitamin C may reduce risk of bone fractures

Vitamin C has many important bone health functions. Firstly, it assists in the formation of collagen. Collagen makes up 30% of bone tissue, where it provides a support structure for mineral deposits, giving bone its resilience. In addition to aiding collagen formation, vitamin C also helps to stimulate the cells that build bone, enhance calcium absorption and enhance vitamin D’s effect on bone metabolism.

In a study, reported in the November issue of Osteoporosis International, participants with the highest vitamin C intakes had fewer bone fractures, compared to participants with lower intakes.

The researchers evaluated data from 929 participants in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study. Dietary questionnaires were analysed for vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium and other nutrient intake. The participants were followed for 15 to 17 years, during which 280 fractures occurred. Men and women with the highest vitamin C intakes (around 300mg per day) had a 44% lower....

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