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Vitamin E May Lower Risk Of Osteoporosis In Women

Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become brittle and fragile through tissue loss, often due to hormonal changes or nutritional deficiency. A recent study suggests that eating more vitamin E-rich foods and increasing blood levels of vitamin E may be associated with higher bone mineral density (BMD) and a lower risk of osteoporosis in women but not in men.

Participants in the study included 2,178 Chinese women and 1,025 Chinese men between the ages of 40 and 75. The researchers gathered general and dietary intake information via structured questionnaire interviews. The researchers used reversed-phase HPLC in order to determine the blood levels of a-tocopherol vitamin E. Additionally, they used dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry to determine the BMD of the entire body, the lumbar spine, and the left hip sites.

The researchers found an association between higher levels of vitamin E and increased BMD in the women, but not the men. The association was particularly strong in the lumbar spine, total hip, intertrochanter, and femur neck. Women in the highest quartile of vitamin E levels had BMD levels that were 2.5, 3.06, 3.41 and 3.54% higher respectively than women in the lowest quartile.

Researchers from Sun Yat-sen University and Zunyi Medical University in China conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 28, 2015, the British Journal of Nutrition.

Vitamin E has eight different forms: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and has been shown to help many aspects of the body. Previous studies have shown that vitamin E intake is associated with lower cholesterol, healthier skin, maintaining a proper hormonal balance, and help reduce the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

If you want to add more vitamin E to your diet, try eating sunflower seeds, breakfast cereal, tomatoes, dried herbs, and dried apricots.

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