Specific nutrients affect bone mineral density – new findings
Bone health in older women is negatively impacted by high intake of vitamin E, α-tocopherol and omega 6 fatty acids, according to a study in Nutrients.
A total of 101 women aged 54–81 years were involved in the study. Body composition and bone mineral density were recorded and nutrient data found using a three-day diet diary.
A nutrient pattern high in riboflavin, phosphorus and calcium was significantly positively correlated with spine and hip bone mineral density. But the nutrient pattern high in vitamin E, α-tocopherol, β-carotene and omega 6 fatty acids was negatively correlated with bone mineral density in the hip and upper leg bone. The authors explain:
“These findings support the hypothesis that a nutrient pattern high in the intake of vitamin E, α-tocopherol and omega 6 fatty acids appears to be detrimental for bone health in postmenopausal women.”
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