Delay of natural bone loss by higher intakes of specific minerals and vitamins.

A. Schaafsma*, P. de Vries, W.H.M. Saris

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Delay of natural bone loss by higher intakes of specific minerals and vitamins.

Schaafsma A, de Vries PJ, Saris WH.

Friesland Coberco Dairy Foods, Dep. of Research & Development Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

For early prevention or inhibition of postmenopausal and age-related bone loss, nutritional interventions might be a first choice. For some vitamins and minerals an important role in bone metabolism is known or suggested. Calcium and vitamin D support bone mineral density and are basic components in most preventive strategies. Magnesium is involved in a number of activities supporting bone strength, preservation, and remodeling. Fluorine and strontium have bone-forming effects. However, high amounts of both elements may reduce bone strength. Boron is especially effective in case of vitamin D, magnesium, and potassium deficiency. Vitamin K is essential for the activation of osteocalcin. Vitamin C is an important stimulus for osteoblast-derived proteins. Increasing the recommended amounts (US RDA 1989), adequate intakes (US DRI 1997), or assumed normal intakes of mentioned food components may lead to a considerable reduction or even prevention of bone loss, especially in late postmenopausal women and the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-249
Number of pages25
JournalCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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