Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining bone mass – promoting the balance between old bone resorption and new bone formation, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals in a report that appears online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
“The assumption is that everyone gets enough vitamin C in their diet,” said Dr. Kenneth Gabbay, professor of pediatrics, molecular diabetes and metabolism at BCM. “However, multiple studies of large groups of people show that higher intakes of vitamin C are associated with higher bone mass and lower fracture rates.
“Our study shows that vitamin C is critical to maintaining the homeostasis necessary for healthy bone mass.”
Homeostatis is the ability or tendency of an organism or cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes.