Vitamin K1 may Protect Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia Against Fractures and Cancer

Mar 10, 2009 by

Vitamin K1 may Protect Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia Against Fractures and Cancer

When it comes to bone health, the nutrient which immediately comes to mind is calcium; not many people know much about the role of vitamin K in ensuring healthy bones and joints.

In fact, not many people know about the health benefits or positive effects of vitamin K. The following article gives us some information on the protective benefits of the vitamin.

Vitamin K1 may Protect Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia

by Reuben Chow

Osteopenia is a condition whereby there is loss of bone mass; it is not as severe as osteoporosis, but is generally accepted to lead to it. It is estimated that, in the United States, about 10 million people suffer from osteoporosis, while about 18 million have osteopenia. And a recent study conducted at the University of Toronto in Canada has found that vitamin K1 may protect postmenopausal women with osteopenia against bone fracture as well as cancer.

Details of Study

The study, which was randomized, controlled and led by Dr Angela Cheung, looked at a group of 440 postmenopausal women who suffered from osteopenia. The women were split into two groups – one group received 5 mg of vitamin K1 daily for a period of two years, while the other group received a placebo. In order to find out the effects of long-term consumption of vitamin K1, 260 of the women then continued their treatment for another two more years.

All in all, the study team reported that vitamin K1 supplementation was well tolerated by the subjects over the entire 4-year period, and no particular adverse health effects were associated with long-term vitamin K1 supplementation.

Findings of Study

Tests taken at the 2-year and 4-year marks of the study measured the bone mineral density of the women. Measurements were taken at the lower back and hip.

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