Steve Duffy discusses research linking vitamin C intake and back pain. Lower vitamin C intake was correlated with higher levels of lower back pain and limited spinal function and movement. Vitamin C supplementation in individuals with back pain resulted in a lessening of pain. More research in this area is warranted as causation could not be proven.
- An association was found between low levels of vitamin C and the presence of extensive back pain.
- Data was obtained from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003—2004 database for 4,742 individuals over the age of 20; thus caution is needed regarding over-interpretation of the data.
- Further research is needed regarding the possible use of vitamin C in the treatment of back pain.
“Low concentrations of vitamin C were significantly associated with a higher prevalence of spinal pain and related functional limitations among adults, a new cross-sectional study has found.”