Can Vitamin B Supplement Intake Increase The Risk Of Hip Fractures?

Vitamins and mineral supplements have been recommended by doctors to compensate for the lack of nutrients from the food people eat. There are different types of vitamins in supermarkets, drugstores and other retail stores being sold over the counter that are not even prescribed by licensed medical doctors.


Pharmaceutical companies have been manufacturing and selling all kinds of vitamins from A to Z. Do our bodies really benefit from these? One of the many vitamins that are being sold over the counter is Vitamin B.  

 Recent studies show that taking vitamin B increases the risk of hip fractures, especially for those post-menopausal women.


What is vitamin B?

According to,  B vitamins are a group of eight essential nutrients that play roles in many organs and bodily systems. These B vitamins are important to ensure healthy blood cells and body tissues.


B complex vitamins are composed of eight B vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid) and B12 (cobalamin).

Each of these B vitamins has its own function and not getting enough of this vitamin can lead to anemia, poor appetite, low energy, and hormonal imbalance. Doctors often recommend taking vitamin B supplements to avoid vitamin B deficiency.  

What is the risk of taking too much vitamin B?

Researchers from the University of Oslo, Norway and  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the United States recorded an increased risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women. The researchers were particularly interested in vitamins B6 and B12 and the effects of taking high doses of these vitamin supplements.

Hip Fracture

In the report published in JAMA Network Open, women who took high doses of vitamin B6 together with high doses of B12 showed an almost 50% increased risk of hip fracture in comparison with women who took a low intake of both vitamins.

According to, the researchers speculated that high doses of the vitamins (500 mg/d) might have increased the risk of falling because of the neurological symptoms, including ataxia, neuropathy, and decreased muscle tone that have been reported.

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What are the natural sources of vitamin B and vitamin B complex?

The natural food sources of vitamin B are from green, leafy vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy products, seeds and nuts. Fruits like citrus fruits, banana, and avocados also contains vitamin B.


Vitamin and mineral supplements has its health benefits if taken properly, but correct dosage and administration must also be considered to avoid possible side effects. Every person’s health needs are different that’s why asking your doctor’s recommendation for the right supplement is still the best.

Source: Inquirer