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High vitamin D levels linked to lower cholesterol in children



Date: June 7, 2018 Source: University of Eastern Finland Summary: There is a link between higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma cholesterol levels in primary school children, new research shows.   There is a link between higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma cholesterol levels in primary school children, new research from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Children whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels exceeded 80 nmol/l had lower plasma total...

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Higher Vitamin D levels may be linked to lower risk of cancer



One of the first studies to look at effects of vitamin D and cancer risk in an Asian population Date: March 7, 2018 Source: BMJ Summary: High levels of vitamin D may be linked to a lower risk of developing cancer, including liver cancer, concludes a large study. High levels of vitamin D may be linked to a lower risk of developing cancer, including liver cancer, concludes a large study of Japanese adults published...

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Improving birth outcomes one amino acid at a time



Date: March 8, 2018 Source: University Health Network Summary: A simple dietary supplement (L-arginine) was found to improve birth outcomes, paving the way for future clinical trials to test this inexpensive and safe intervention. A simple dietary supplement (L-arginine) was found to improve birth outcomes, paving the way for future clinical trials to test this inexpensive and safe intervention. In their paper entitled, "Malaria in pregnancy alters L-arginine bioavailability and placental vascular development," Science...

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Low magnesium levels make vitamin D ineffective



Up to 50 percent of US population is magnesium deficient Date: February 26, 2018 Source: American Osteopathic Association Summary: Vitamin D can't be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. In addition, Vitamin D supplements can increase a person's calcium and phosphate levels even while they remain Vitamin D deficient. People may suffer from vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren't...

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Beetroot juice supplements may help certain heart failure patients



Date: February 22, 2018 Source: Indiana University Summary: Beetroot juice supplements may help enhance exercise capacity in patients with heart failure, according to a new proof-of-concept study. Exercise capacity is a key factor linked to these patients' quality of life and even survival. Share:   FULL STORY   /story_photo   Beetroot juice supplements may help enhance exercise capacity in patients with heart failure, according to a new proof-of-concept study. Exercise capacity is a key...

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Curcumin improves memory and mood



Curcumin improves memory and mood Twice-daily supplements boosted cognitive power over 18 months Date: January 23, 2018 Source: University of California - Los Angeles Summary:   Daily consumption of a certain form of curcumin -- the substance that gives Indian curry its bright color -- improved memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss.Lovers of Indian food, give yourselves a second helping: Daily consumption of a certain form of curcumin -- the substance...

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Lactic acid bacteria can protect against influenza a virus



Date: December 13, 2017 Source: Georgia State University Summary: Lactic acid bacteria, commonly used as probiotics to improve digestive health, can offer protection against different subtypes of influenza A virus, resulting in reduced weight loss after virus infection and lower amounts of virus replication in the lungs, according to a new study.   Lactic acid bacteria, commonly used as probiotics to improve digestive health, can offer protection against different subtypes of influenza A virus,...

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Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks



Date: October 3, 2017 Source: Queen Mary University of London Summary: Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to new research. Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Asthma affects more than 300 million...

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Antifungals and probiotics may play a key role in the development of treatment for Crohn's disease



Potential new therapeutic approaches for inflammatory bowel diseases may involve using antifungals with probiotics Date: October 4, 2017 Source: Elsevier Summary: Scientists have determined that fungus may play a key role in chronic intestinal inflammation disorders. They found that patients with Crohn's disease tend to have much higher levels of the fungus Candida tropicalis compared to their healthy family members. A new review looks at these findings and provides insights into potential new therapeutic...

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Multivitamins in pregnancy may be linked to lower autism risk in children



Evidence not yet sufficient to change practice but findings warrant further investigation, say researchers Date: October 4, 2017 Source: BMJ Summary: Taking multivitamins during early pregnancy may be associated with a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children compared with mothers who do not take multivitamins, finds a study. The researchers stress that their findings cannot establish cause and effect, but say they raise questions about a possible association that warrant further...

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Magnesium



Magnesium: Health Benefits, Facts, Research By Megan Ware RDN LD Reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT 1286 Magnesium plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body including the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses. Magnesium is one of the seven essential macrominerals; these are minerals that need to be consumed in relatively large amounts - at least 100...

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Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache



Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache Date: January 4, 2017 Source: University of Eastern Finland Summary: Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of chronic headache, according to a new study. Share: FULL STORY Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of chronic headache, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published in Scientific Reports. The Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, KIHD, analysed the...

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Experts reveal hidden dangers behind supplements



Experts reveal hidden dangers behind supplements February 6, 2017 Queen's University, Belfast Many herbal supplements contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could be causing serious health risks, according to a team of experts. Many herbal supplements contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could be causing serious health risks, according to a team of experts from Queen's University Belfast, Kingston University London and LGC. Emeritus Professor Duncan Burns, a forensically experienced analytical chemist from the Queen's University Belfast's...

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Amino acid function could be used to boost antioxidant levels



v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Newly-revealed amino acid function could be used to boost antioxidant levels Date: December 14, 2016 Source: Kobe University Summary: A Japanese research team has become the first in the world to discover that 2-aminobutyric acid (2-AB) is closely involved in the metabolic regulation of the antioxidant glutathione, and that it can effectively raise levels of glutathione in the body when ingested. Share: FULL STORY Newly-revealed amino...

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Certain alternative therapies may help patients with bowel disorders



v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Certain alternative therapies may help patients with bowel disorders Date: October 3, 2016 Source: Wiley Summary: A new review looks at the evidence behind the effectiveness of complementary or alternative therapies-including probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, fiber, and herbal medicinal products-for the treatment of bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional constipation, and ulcerative colitis.   A new review looks at the evidence behind the effectiveness...

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Another reason for wine lovers to toast resveratrol Resveratrol found in red wine could help counteract the negative impact of high fat/high sugar diets



Another reason for wine lovers to toast resveratrol Resveratrol found in red wine could help counteract the negative impact of high fat/high sugar diets  Red wine lovers have a new reason to celebrate. Researchers have found a new health benefit of resveratrol, which occurs naturally in blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, grape skins and consequently in red wine. While studying the effects of resveratrol in the diet of rhesus monkeys, Dr. J.P. Hyatt, an associate professor at Georgetown...

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Vitamin D shows promise for treating Crohn's disease



Vitamin D shows promise for treating Crohn's disease New research published in this month's edition of United European Gastroenterology journal suggests that supplementation with vitamin D may impact on the intestinal barrier dysfunction associated with Crohn's disease, and could have a role in the treatment of the condition. The study is by Professor Maria O'Sullivan and Tara Raftery. Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Crohn's disease (CD)...

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Sunscreen confusion may burn shoppers



Sunscreen confusion may burn shoppers Consumers may need more help navigating the sunscreen aisle. A new Northwestern Medicine study found that many people seem to be confused by sunscreen terminology. Only 43 percent of people surveyed understood the definition of sun factor protection (SPF) and only seven percent knew what to look for on a label if they wanted a sunscreen that offers protection against early skin aging. Details of the study were published June...

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Vitamin E Protective in Lung Function



Vitamin E Protective in Lung Function A new study from King's College London and the University of Nottingham has found an association between the amount of vitamin E in the body, exposure to particulate pollution and lung function. The paper adds to growing evidence from previous studies suggesting that some vitamins may play a role in helping to protect the lungs from air pollution. Although the new study did not specifically demonstrate a protective effect,...

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Potential chemoresistance after consuming fatty acid in fish, fish oil



Potential chemoresistance after consuming fatty acid in fish, fish oil Researchers found that consuming the fish herring and mackerel, as well as three kinds of fish oils, raised blood levels of the fatty acid 16:4(n-3), which experiments in mice suggest may induce resistance to chemotherapy used to treat cancer, according to a study published online by JAMA Oncology. Patients with cancer often adopt lifestyle changes and those changes often include the use of supplements. But...

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