Vitamin C (and E) Builds Bone 09/01/2015When you're thinking about bone health, what's the first vitamin that comes to mind? Calcium? Vitamin D? Those are quite notable pro-bone vitamins! Bone is intricate however. Its health is reliant on a blend of nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin E and calcium and vitamin D, etc. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc shares some significant details about how vitamins C and E help build bone. Fort Wayne men and women discover benefit for their bones with the appropriate mix of nutrients! To start with, vitamin C. Post-menopausal and vitamin D deficient women’s bone mineral density benefits from vitamin C. Researchers even go so far as to say that poor vitamin C intake puts post-menopausal women at risk of osteoporosis. (1) There is enough osteoporosis in Fort Wayne as it is, so be sure you are taking your vitamin C. How much vitamin C helps bone? A study shares that 1,000 mg of ascorbic acid together with 400 IU of alpha-tocopherol could be useful in preventing or helping in the treatment of age-related osteoporosis. (2) So how is ascorbic acid related to vitamin C? Ascorbic acid is a natural occurring antioxidant compound that we humans don’t produce. Odd! So we need to get it from our diets. (3) And what about alpha-tocopherol? It’s the strongest tocopherol - a most easily absorbed antioxidant and protector of cell membranes - called vitamin E. (4) So our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients will want to check their intakes of vitamins E and C especially if they have osteoporosis. How does vitamin C help bone? Studies show that low intake of vitamin C relates to bone loss, leading to osteoporosis. The good news is that that vitamin C protects the skeleton by preventing bone loss and promoting growth. (5) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc has to promote vitamin C more! And how does all this relate to back pain? A lack of vitamin C promotes degenerative disc disease. As we age, the vitamin C we do take – which is usually lower, too – doesn’t get around the body as well. Then, degenerative spine disease ensues along with defective connective tissue because of a reduction of collagen synthesis which is essential for spine stability. Whew! What a cycle! Then add in the tissue inflammation that accompanies degenerative disc disease, and the demand for even more vitamin C increases to combat the inflammation. (6) So vitamin C is an important part of bone health and spine health. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc will help Fort Wayne chiropractic patients figure out just the right amount of vitamin C to take a day to protect and promote bone. So contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. Arrange a Fort Wayne consultation to discuss a chiropractic care treatment plan for your spinal and bone health that will certainly include spinal manipulation as well as nutrition. « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."