How Vitamin C Helps Build Bones

How Vitamin C Helps Build Bones Some of the early sailors suffered from scurvy and brittle bones due to lack of vitamin C during long voyages. Research has suggested that higher vitamin C intake may have a correlation to higher bone mass. A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE adds to the conversation by showing how high doses of vitamin C increase bone mineral density in lab mice. The effect seems to turn premature bone cells into mature mineralizing specialty cells that help increase bone density.

True Strength Moment: In addition to its role in bone health, vitamin C is known to be a potent antioxidant. The recommended dietary allowance is 75 to 90 mg per day for adults, but the nutrient needs of active people are typically greater than the general population. Whether humans respond the same way as mice to vitamin C is unknown, but good dietary sources include chili and red peppers, strawberries, parsley, broccoli, citrus fruits and multivitamins.
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