Osteoporosis: Vitamin C and Keeping Healthy
Vitamin C is widely known as a powerful antioxidant as well as an effective cell protector and immunity booster. But supplements of Vitamin C have recently been recognized as having an important role in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis because of its ability to increase bone density.
Natural sources of vitamin C are found in citrus fruits, but are also in many vegetables. Other good sources of vitamin C include:
- Red chili peppers
- Red cabbage
In order to get the most Vitamin C from your foods, eat them promptly after preparation. Exposure to light and oxygen can rapidly decrease the amount of Vitamin C in fresh fruits and vegetables.
When shopping for vitamin C, avoid specialized products such as esterified C, time-released C, or vitamin C with rose hips. There is no evidence that these products are any better than basic Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
As you can see, increasing your intake of calcium is not the only thing you need to do for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. A range of other minerals and vitamins, when working together, also play important roles in bone health. Maintaining adequate amounts of calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, K, and C as well as other minerals is essential in maintaining healthy bones. Remember to talk to your doctor before starting any new diet or using any nutritional supplements.