B is for Bone! And so are B vitamins!
For so many years, the spotlight was on calcium and vitamin D for bone. Then,
research saw that vitamin D then continued finding that a slew of vitamins
and minerals play into the health of bone. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office isn’t surprised at all.
The Groton chiropractic practice talks about nutrition, spine,
exercise, and alternative wellness issues with our patients. So let’s focus here on B
vitamins for bone health.
To start with, age plays a role in bone health. Time does march on! Bone
mineral density (BMD) is an evaluation of bone density which signifies the strength
of bones as identified by calcium content. Now, low BMD is predictable with
increased age and decreased weight. (2) Low BMD also increases the risk of
fractures. So Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office advocates for our Groton aging (and
younger!) patients to pay attention to bone health. So many of the issues with
bone trouble come later in life. Bone needs some help now - the point at which it's as young as it's going to be - to sustain it.
That’s where B vitamins come into plan. Researchers are
reporting that there might even be a protective role of B vitamins – especially
B2, B6, folate and B12. Some more specific findings show that, ironically, B
vitamins in clinical trials are not being shown to be effective in reducing the
occurrence of fracture. (1) For men, B12 vitamin presence is a significant
indicator of BMD at the femoral neck. (2) Vitamin B12 deficiency shows growth retardation
and a lack of osteoblasts (the bone-forming cells). It’s possible that B12
interferes with growth hormones. (3) Those with celiac disease - malabsorption
of nutritients – may be at higher risk of osteoporosis. With that, vitamin B
status may protect against osteoporosis in patients with celiac disease. (4)
So osteoporosis, a disease noted by decreased bone mass and
increased fracture risk, is a well-known and recognized growing public health issue.
Among the various risk factors for osteoporosis, calcium and vitamin D have well-established
protective roles. Now, B vitamins are appropriately added to the list of nutrients
protective of bone health and osteoporosis prevention.
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