Vitamin E 'bad for bone health'

5 March 2012

Consuming too much vitamin E could have a negative impact on bones, new research has revealed.

A study published in the journal Nature Medicine revealed that vitamin E supplements could disrupt the natural process that works to keep bones healthy.

Japanese research revealed that mice given large doses of the vitamin exhibited lower bone mass, while those deficient in it showed improvements in their bone health.

It was found that vitamin E promoted the formation of osteoclast cells, meaning that more bone would be lost than created.

However, Dr Helen Macdonald of the University of Aberdeen said there is no need for people to change their diet in light of the findings.

The vitamin is naturally found in green vegetables, oils, spinach and broccoli and almonds and hazelnuts. 

'However, vitamin E supplements involve doses far higher than those in a normal diet,' she said.

'There is increasing evidence that taking supplements doesn't do any good, and if anything, may be doing harm.'

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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