Vitamin B12 shows benefits in the battle against osteoporosis

VitaminB12OsteoporosisOsteoporosis is one of the world’s most widespread diseases, and virtually every country in the world has carried-out various studies to determine ways to lower the risk of acquiring the disease.

Over the years researchers have taken a look at virtually every vitamin and mineral; however, the most attention has been given to studying the bone benefits of Calcium and vitamins C, D and K.

Now the details have been released about a large scale study conducted on a vitamin that most people don’t usually connect with bone health: vitamin B12. And the end result of the research is that it appears older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of having fractures.

The study was carried-out by researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. The study was actually a part of an international research project initiated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US and comprises 11,000 men in total.

In their part of the study, the Gothenburg researchers studied 1,000 Swedish men with an average age of 75. They used various methods to analyze the blood concentrations of vitamins B12 and folate. These are two B-vitamins which are found in our food naturally (folic acid is the synthetic version of folate).

As always, the “experts” caution that the study results don’t necessarily mean that consuming more vitamin B12 will help in warding of fractures in old age. Apparently it is just one more piece of in the “anecdotal evidence” puzzle.

But studies are under way now to “scientifically prove” this anecdotal evidence. One such study includes a large Dutch study where older individuals over the age of 65 are treated with vitamin B12, folic acid and vitamin D to investigate the occurrence of fractures. Perhaps when the results of this study emerge the evidence on B12 can legally be moved from the anecdotal column to the scientifically-proven column.

Until then, I suggest you keep up your intake of vitamin B12. Just consider it “anecdotal” consumption.

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