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Poor Eating on Weekends

January 22, 2015
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A study of overweight adolescents aged 12-16 years looked at when they ate healthy and when they did not: “Overweight adolescent girls were more likely to eat fruit on weekdays than weekends as were boys. “Adolescents consumed more fruit at school than other meals. “Weekday dinner was the meal where girls were most likely to...
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Women take Vitamin E for ALS

January 1, 2015
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The ice bucket challenge has brought a lot of attention to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But what many people who participated aren’t aware of is an earlier study that “investigated whether vitamin E intake was associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).” The study found that for women “ALS...
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Vitamin D for Infant Food Allergies

December 30, 2014
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A new study examined the relationship between food sensitivity and levels of vitamin D in infants. The study found that “significant differences in (Vitamin D) levels were found between groups on number and degree of food sensitization. Vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of sensitization to food allergens, especially to milk and wheat.” The...
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Vitamin D for Dementia & AD

December 16, 2014
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A recent study compared the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease among elderly with low vitamin D concentrations and elderly with sufficient vitamin D. What they found is that those who were deficient in vitamin D were 53% more likely to experience “all-cause dementia” and 69% more likely to experience Alzheimer disease. Those elderly...
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Prevent Osteoporosis Better

December 2, 2014
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An interesting study looked to “assess the diet for its effect on normal bone mineralization and qualitative analysis of dietary supplements used in the prevention of osteoporosis.” The authors found that “consumers have insufficient knowledge about lifestyle diseases, including osteoporosis.” They conclude that “diet of large part of society is not properly balanced which...
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Magnesium Keeps Senior Women Fit

October 28, 2014
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Vitamin supplementation can be a very important way of maintaining health, especially for older adults. One study examined whether magnesium supplements could help improve physical function for older women. The study found that “daily magnesium oxide supplementation for 12 weeks seems to improve physical performance in healthy elderly women. These findings suggest a role...
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Vitamin D for Schizophrenia?

October 16, 2014
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There is little doubt that nutrition impacts our mental health. A good example of this is a new study that found “odds ratios indicated that vitamin D-deficient persons were 2.16 times more likely to have schizophrenia than those with vitamin D sufficiency.” Researchers concluded that they “found a strong association between vitamin D deficiency...
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Avoid Fizzy

September 30, 2014
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There are a number of vitamin supplements and over-the-counter drugs (aspirin, Alka Seltzer, etc.) that are available in a “fizzy” form (usually a powder) that makes them easy to drink. The problem is that many of these rely on an elevated amount of sodium (salt) that can increase the risk of high blood pressure,...
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Athletes Need Their Vitamin D

September 18, 2014
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A recent study of NCAA athletes found that “more than one third had abnormal (low) vitamin D levels.” The authors went on to note that: Many studies indicate a significant prevalence of vitamin-D insufficiency across various populations. Recent studies have demonstrated a direct relationship between serum (vitamin D) levels and muscle power, force, velocity,...
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Vitamin D for Fibromyalgia Pain

September 4, 2014
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In addition to persistent pain fibromyalgia can cause fatigue, loss of sleep, educed concentration and depression. Fibromyalgia has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and can even result in loss of employment. “Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) typically have widespread chronic pain and fatigue. For those with low vitamin D levels,...
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