Free radicals and oxidative stress may increase the risk of bone loss and muscle wasting. The reviewed research investigated if alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) intake would influence fracture risk since vitamin E is known to reduce free radical damage.
61.433 women and 1138 men were included in the study and the participants were followed for 19 years. (Michaelsson K, et.al.,2014).
The use of alpha tocopherol supplements were found to be associated with a reduced rate of both hip fractures and fractures in general for both men and women. The men were affected to an even greater degree than women.
When taking vitamin E it is recommended to use a formula which contains the different forms of vitamin E and not only alpha tocopherol even if that is the most common form found in supplements.
Michaëlsson K, Wolk A, Byberg L, Arnlöv J, Melhus H. Intake and serum concentrations of α-tocopherol in relation to fractures in elderly women and men: 2 cohort studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jan;99(1):107-14. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.064691. Epub 2013 Nov 13.
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