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Vitamin C Stimulates Bone Growth, Protects Against Osteoporosis – Study

October 9, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A Chinese and American research team has found in an animal study that large doses of vitamin C can protect against the onset of osteoporosis. The study in female mice whose ovaries had been removed – the procedure reduces bone density –  showed that vitamin C actively stimulates bone formation by inducing premature bone cells (osteoblasts) to differentiate into mature specialty cells. The scientists suggested that further research could determine whether vitamin C supplements can prevent osteoporosis in humans, especially elderly women and men.
Ling-Ling Zhu et al., "Vitamin C Prevents Hypogonadal Bone Loss", PLoS ONE, October 09, 2012, © Zhu et al.
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