Vitamin E is contained naturally in many foods such as vegetable oils, nuts and leafy vegetables. This vitamin is believed to be efficacious as an antioxidant, maintaining health and slowing the aging process. Unfortunately, a study found that vitamin E can lead to bone loss.
Researchers led by Shu Takeda from Keio University in Tokyo, said the findings are a warning for people who take supplements of vitamin E. Takeda confirms that vitamin E can stimulate cells that cause bone loss or osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time so that the person is prone to fractures. The disease is common in older people, especially women.
The researchers explained that maintaining a balance between bone-forming cells (osteoblasts) and bone destructive cells (osteoclasts) would make the bones stronger. Previous research suggests that vitamin E is beneficial for bone health. However, researchers from Japan discovered the contrary, vitamin E actually trigger the production of bone destructive cells. (more…)