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Vitamin D to Avoid Broken Bones

August 4, 2015
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A study examined 100 patients admitted for bone fractures with “a median age of 72 (range 22-98) of whom 66 were women. The majority of the patients were at best vitamin D insufficient, <75 nmol/L (77%), and 38% were vitamin D deficient (<50 nmol/L). Only 14 patients had a formal diagnosis of osteoporosis at presentation, with...
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Omega-3 for Good Behavior

July 28, 2015
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There is a lot of discussion about how proper nutrition can affect behavior, particularly with children. This study looked to see if “omega-3 supplementation over 6 months will reduce behavior problems in children both at the end of treatment and at 6 months post treatment.” The study group consisted of children 8-16 years old divided into...
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Vitamin D Increase Senior Muscles

July 16, 2015
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Retaining muscle strength is very important for older adults. Loss of muscle strength can contribute to lack of mobility, falls and the inability to perform daily tasks. Researchers have found that “the supplementation of vitamin D alone in postmenopausal women provided significant protective factor against the occurrence of sarcopenia (loss of muscle size and...
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Garlic for Your Immune System

July 7, 2015
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Garlic has long thought to have many health benefits. A comprehensive study looked at how different garlic preparations may benefit immune function and inflammatory disorders. Researchers noted that “in this review, we assess the most recent experimental results, which indicate that garlic appears to enhance the functioning of the immune system by stimulating certain...
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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Pneumonia?

June 30, 2015
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According to a new study, seniors with vitamin D deficiency appear more likely to contract pneumonia. Researchers found that “the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was ~80% in patients hospitalised with CAP (community-acquired pneumonia). Vitamin D deficiency was also a significant predictor of increased 28-day all-cause mortality.” This study underscores the importance of sufficient...
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Antioxidants Slow Cognitive Decline

June 25, 2015
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A recent study was conducted “to assess the relationship between dietary intake of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, β-carotene, lutein, flavonoids and lignans) and cognitive decline at middle age.” Subjects 40-70 years old were assessed by what they ate and “with a neuropsychological test battery.” These were then divided into quintiles (five levels) based...
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Panera Bread Says “No No”

June 11, 2015
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On May 5, 2015, the Panera Bread company became the “first national restaurant company to share (its) list of unacceptable ingredients.” Entitled “The No No List”, Panera presented which ingredients are not currently in their food and which they are eliminating in the near future. The list includes the obvious ingredients like (synthetic) artificial...
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Nutritional Supplements Help Alzheimer’s

June 9, 2015
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A new study examined if specific nutritional supplements “could positively impact cognitive performance and behavioral difficulties for individuals diagnosed with AD (Alzheimer’s disease).” Randomized patients were given “a nutraceutical formulation (NF; folate, alpha-tocopherol, B12, S-adenosyl methioinine, N-acetyl cysteine, acetyl-L-carnitine) or placebo” for three or six months. Researchers found that the group taking the nutraceutical...
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Vitamin D for Kid’s Better Breathing

April 7, 2015
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An important study examined how the lack of sufficient vitamin D impacts the lung function in children. Researchers tested children ages 5-18 and found that “the mean forced vital capacity (breathing in) was 53.4 mL, and the mean forced expiratory volume (breathing out) in 1 second was 48.2 mL lower for children with insufficient...
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Low Back Pain & Vitamin D

March 17, 2015
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A study entitled “Relationship between vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in postmenopausal women” looked at how chronic low back pain may associated with vitamin D deficiency. Researchers found that for older women, “Vitamin D deficiency was significantly more common in patients suffering from chronic LBP than in controls.” If you or...
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