New Study Shows Vitamin C is Protective Against Bone Loss

Nutrition / Research / January 17, 2014


It’s well known that the vitamin C in limes helped the British finally get around debilitating scurvy that decimated their Navy on long voyages. The sailors were short on collagen, as Vitamin C is necessary for the production of it; the absence of which leads to open wounds, loss of teeth, fever, jaundice neuropathy and death.

Science however keeps revealing more and more that vitamins and minerals work in tandem and serve many purposes within your body.
So it didn’t come as a complete surprise to me when I learned of a study indicating that vitamin C may be helpful for your bone health.

At the Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers have shown for the first time that vitamin C in an animal model protects against osteoporosis. Mone Zaidi, MD, lead researcher said “this study has profound public health implications, and is well worth exploring for its therapeutic potential in people.” It’s known that a lack of vitamin C can contribute to brittle bones (another repercussion of scurvy). So Dr. Zaidi was not surprised to find that large doses of it stimulates bone growth.

“What this study shows is that large doses of vitamin C, when ingested orally by mice, actively stimulate bone formation to protect the skeleton. It does this by inducing osteoblasts, or premature bone cells, to differentiate into mature, mineralizing specialty cells.”

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The researchers reduced bone density in groups of mice by removing ovaries and compared them against mice that had ‘sham’ operations, that left ovaries intact. The mice with removed ovaries were divided into two groups. One of the two groups was given large doses of vitamin C over eight weeks. The scientists measured bone mineral density in the femur, lumbar spine, and tibia bones.

The mice who received no vitamin C and the ovariectomy had a much lower bone mineral density versus controls. Whereas mice who received an ovariectomy and large amounts of vitamin C, had similar BMD as the controls, pointing to vitamin C as responsible for what prevented BMD loss in this group.

Dr. Zaidi also added “Further research may discover that dietary supplements may help prevent osteoporosis in humans. If so, the findings could be ultimately useful to developing nations where osteoporosis is prevalent and standard medications are sparse and expensive.”

[ Editor Note : AlgaeCal is a company that has long suspected that a full range of vitamins and minerals are necessary for optimal health. Because they work as a team and often do double and triple duty. For this reason 100mg of vitamin C was included into a daily serving of AlgaeCal Plus, the only multi mineral and vitamin calcium supplement clinically proven to increase your bone density! ]

Lucy Keenan
Lucy Keenan

Can taking only algae plus without strontium maintain or increase bmd? My osteoporosis specialist say too many bad side effects to this. I took the agae plus & strontium for 3 mths in Australia & no longer have osteoporosis. Surprised as at 53yrs old, just hit menopause & couldn’t exercise for 5 mths due to large bone spur removal in neck. Endocrinologist said to only take dairy product 3 times daily. Not sure what to do. Help? Please.


Hi Lucy,

In our human clinical study, AlgaeCal alone was able to increase bone mineral density of an average of 1% in 12 months, so yes, it is possible to increase bone density with AlgaeCal Plus alone. However, many women over the age of 35 lose more than 1% of their bone mass every year due to many other causes like menopause, medications, genetics, lack of exercise, etc. If you now have osteopenia, your bone density still might be falling faster than 1% so we recommend you to take both the AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. This way we can be sure that you are provided with the nutrients and minerals your bone needs to increase bone mineral density. Taking both AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost, participants in our study increased their bone mineral density an average of 4% in only 6 months. In short, considering the safety of Strontium Boost, we think it is best to take the two products together to stack the odds in your favor.

As for your specialist’s concern about side effects, I’m assuming the concern is for Strontium. However, Strontium is a natural mineral found in your bones. A lot of the confusion with Strontium has to do with the different forms. AlgaeCal’s Strontium Boost is Strontium Citrate, which is safe and effective in increasing bone density when taken with AlgaeCal. The other form is Strontium Ranelate, which has been shown to produce side effects. You can read the differences between the two here:
To further assure you that AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost is safe when taken together, we have had human clinical trials done showing increases in bone density with absolutely NO side effects, proving its safety and efficacy. This has been shown at 6-months, 1 year and we are about to publish another study in the near future showing people taking AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost for up to 8 years! Increasing their bone density on average 1% each year, naturally, with no side effects.

As for your endocrinologist recommending dairy products 3 times a day only, I’m not sure why that would be. Maybe you can ask for the reasoning behind this.

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

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