London: Taking vitamin E supplements may make bones old and frail before their time, Japanese researchers say.A study found that animals fed on a diet supplemented with the vitamin had bones 20 per cent weaker than those that ate normally.More worrying is that the effect was seen after just eight weeks, the Daily Mail reported.The scientists behind the research said that given the popularity of vitamin E supplements, a larger study on people is now warranted.The vitamin, which occurs naturally in cereals, nuts, olive oil and egg yolks, is credited with helping hold back the hands of time by ‘fighting ageing from within’.Benefits are said to include cutting the risk of heart disease, cancers and cataracts, as well as helping keep the mind sharp into old age and the skin supple.One of the world’s most popular supplements, it is taken daily by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Britons.In the US, more than one in ten adults take vitamin E tablets.The latest study looked at the effect of alpha-tocopherol, the most common form of the vitamin, on bone strength.
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