New Research to Examine Effects of Vitamin E on Bone Health

Osteoporosis is a bone disease with bone fragility and an increased chance for bone fractures. Women are four times more likely to have osteoporosis than men because there is no estrogen protection after menopause and women in general have lighter and thinner bones. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center researchers are conducting a 12-week research study examining the effects of tocotrienol, a type of vitamin E, on bone health.

 Participants are needed for this study, “Effect of Tocotrienol (vitamin E isomers) on Bone Health.” Leslie Shen, Ph.D., research lead investigator and associate professor in the Department of Pathology, said other studies have indicated tocotrienols supplements may be good for bone health in postmenopausal women.

 “However, no study has ever been done on the role of tocotrienols in bone health in postmenopausal women,” Shen said. “Our long-term goal is to develop a new strategy featuring a dietary supplement such as tocotrienols for slowing down bone loss in postmenopausal women.”

 Participants should be postmenopausal women (at least one year after menopausal). Participation is free of charge. The study is funded by a grant from the American River Nutrition Inc.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Anna Rodriguez at (806) 743-2533 or

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