Vitamin B12 & Bones

I just updated VeganHealth.org’s articles on bones and homocysteine with the following:

Vitamin B12 and Bone Mineral Density

Taking vitamin B12 might also be important for bone mineral density.

A 2009 cross-sectional study of lacto-ovo vegetarian women in Slovakia found that their higher homocysteine (16.5 vs. 12.5 µmol/l; 78% vs. 45% were elevated) and lower vitamin B12 levels (246 vs. 302 pmol/l; 47% vs. 28% were deficient) were associated with significantly lower bone mineral density in the femur (1). Participants were not allowed to have been taking vitamin or mineral supplements. The researchers did not measure calcium intake or vitamin D status.

You can read more about vitamin B12 and homocysteine here.

1. Krivosikova Z, Krajcovicova-Kudlackova M, Spustova V, Stefikova K, Valachovicova M, Blazicek P, Nemcova T. The association between high plasma
homocysteine levels and lower bone mineral density in Slovak women: the impact of vegetarian diet.
Eur J Nutr. 2009 Oct 7.

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