Vitamin C Deficiency Accelerates Bone Loss


Vitamin C is well known as a powerful antioxidant and valuable weapon against cancer and other diseases. But this versatile vitamin can also prevent bone loss by preventing oxidative stress that destroys bone structure.

Bone loss, known as osteoporosis, strikes older adults and can devastate mobility and quality of life. You can minimize the risk of bone loss by supplementing with vitamin C and following a healthy lifestyle to avoid toxins and other stress.

The Stakes Are High: Don’t Become a Victim of Poor Bone Health

The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that about 54 million Americans are suffering from or at risk of osteoporosis and low bone mass. Osteoporosis occurs when the body loses too much bone or makes too little bone. In some cases, both scenarios co-occur.

The result is a weakening of the bones, causing an increase in bone breakage, even from a relatively minor fall. In the most severe cases, people with osteoporosis can break a bone simply by bumping into something around the house—or even just from sneezing. Osteoporosis is more widespread than many realize. About 1 in 2 women and as many as 1 in 4 men aged 50 and older will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

Patients Are Being Misguided and Mistreated

There is a mountain of information about bone health and how to avoid osteoporosis. But unfortunately, nearly all of it is wrong. The most common mistake is the idea that calcium can reverse bone loss. This misconception undoubtedly came about because osteoporotic bone is deficient in calcium. But consuming large amounts of calcium has no effect on improving the conditions of the disease.

While additional calcium in the diet may show some improvement on a bone density test, those results are deceiving. Calcium is merely improving the test results from a superficial standpoint. It does nothing to strengthen the bone from within and safeguard against fracture.

Is Your Doctor Telling You the Truth About Poor Bone Health?

Osteoporosis is actually scurvy of the bones, a symptom of vitamin C deficiency. Its reversal depends on restoring an optimal balance of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C—which helps promote the growth of new, healthy bone growth. Appropriate mineral intake is also necessary for the optimal function of these antioxidants within the bone.

Deficiencies in antioxidants cause oxidative stress, which affects the bone, decomposing it over time. Resolving this oxidative stress is not as simple as taking a supplement, however, since the cause of the stress should also be addressed. But vitamin C plays a vital role in an overall approach to minimizing bone loss because of its incredible efficiency in relieving oxidative stress.

Good News About the Power of Vitamin C for Bone Strength

Supplementing with vitamin C has been shown to improve bone density test results with strong, structurally sound bone and the risk of fracture. Research has shown vitamin C plays a pivotal role within the structural matrix of the bone itself, forming and cross-linking collagen, developing other non-collagen bone matrix proteins, and regulating cells forming collagen and cartilage in the bone, as well as differentiating stem cells into bone cells. Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers were the first to demonstrate that vitamin C protects against osteoporosis in an animal model. In addition, researchers found that supplementing with vitamin C prevented bone loss in mice. Similar findings were documented in the International Journal of Experimental Pathology by researchers at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, Korea, who found that vitamin C deficiency caused the failure of collagen synthesis, leading to symptoms of scurvy, including spontaneous bone fracture.

Take a Comprehensive Approach to Avoid Osteoporosis

There are several steps you can take to prevent and reverse osteoporosis. This comprehensive approach will address oxidative stress as well as get at the cause of that stress:

  1. Eradicate old infections, detoxify your body, and minimize new toxin exposure.
  2. Address any critical hormone deficiencies.
  3. Optimize antioxidant levels by supplementing with vitamin C, preferably a high-quality powder and liposome-encapsulated forms.
  4. Consider additional recommended dietary supplements, including lysine and proline, complete B complex, beta-carotene, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium glycinate, and mixed tocopherols.
  5. And, of course, consider weight-bearing exercises like walking, jogging, or hiking. Strength training exercises include dumbbell chest presses, push-ups, lunges, and squats. If you don’t know how to exercise correctly, consider working with a health coach or fitness professional.  The rewards are worth the effort.

Republished from NaturalHealth365

Important Notice: This article was also published at by Lori Alton where all credits are due.


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