Seniors who take vitamin D supplements to improve their bone health and ward off fractures are just wasting their time and money, a major new study has found.
These supplements did nothing to reduce their average risk of bone fractures, researchers found in a randomized trial testing vitamin D against a placebo.
"In generally healthy adults, these results do not support the use of vitamin D supplements to reduce fracture risk," said lead researcher Dr. Meryl LeBoff, chief of the Calcium and Bone Section at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "We found that supplemental vitamin D did not reduce fractures in U.S. participants."