Vitamin Supplementation Improves Bone Quality in the Elderly

A study reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in April of 2009 showed that supplementation with a multivitamin raised micronutrient concentrations, improved bone quality, and reduced the risked of falling. Ninety-two elderly individuals living in Australia were assigned to take a multivitamin or placebo and then were followed for six months. The multivitamin group achieved significantly higher blood levels of vitamin D, vitamin B12, and folate when compared to the placebo group. The multivitamin group also had significantly higher bone density measured in the heel and a trend toward a 63% lower likelihood of falling.