Did you know that one in three Americans do not consume enough daily-recommended vitamin C in their diet? We always tell children to drink milk for healthy teeth and strong bones, but for some people that is not so easy if you are lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy.
Well now, a new study conducted by Mt. Sinai’s Bone Program researchers suggests that drinking orange juice may be equally as good for your bones as milk, especially in postmenopausal women. Using mice with no ovaries, over the course of eight weeks, researchers compared the bone loss in mice that received large doses of vitamin C versus those that did not.
Results yield that the postmenopausal mice receiving vitamin C had similar bone density to the mice that kept their ovaries. The meaning was clear: “Vitamin C prevents bone loss in mice after removal of their ovaries,” says study author Mone Zaidi, MD, director of the Bone Program. In human terms, that means that vitamin C could also help prevent bone loss in postmenopausal women—a finding that supports past observational studies in humans.”
Even with such positive results, there is still a lot of work to do in order to help ensure that Americans get enough vitamin C in their diet. The daily recommended vitamin C intake for women is 75 mg, however many experts think a consumption of 200 mg is better.
To obtain this DRI, simply increase your daily fruit or vegetable intake to more than five a day. Right now eating five servings of fruits or vegetables will provide about 26 mg of vitamin C. Increase that number and you’re on your way to increasing your daily consumption of vitamin C.
Also, remember that fresh is best to avoid destroying health agents (i.e. vitamin C). If you cannot afford fresh fruits and vegetables, do not worry. Dietary supplements are available and serve as a good option.
No matter what option you choose protecting your bones is very important, especially for postmenopausal women.
Written by: Jamacia Magee, FizzNiche Staff Writer
Savoie, K. (October 2012). The New Drink That Protects Your Bones. Retrieved from http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/vitamin-c-shown-protect-bone-density. *Published October 2012, Prevention