Archive for Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamin D Prevents Bone Fractures

More than 90% of people who’ve had a hip fracture are due to a serious vitamin D deficiency, accroding to a research done in Glasgow, Scotland.

Stephen Gallacher, a consultant physician who is head of South Glasgow’s fracture liaison service comment that “Vitamin D seems to play a key role in many systems in the body, not just bones, but diseases like diabetes and certain cancers.”

Vitamin D deficiency was linked to poor bone density and osteoporosis, and could occur in younger patients.

Dr Gallacher believe  that  bone density can increase by 20 per cent in a few months with enough vitamin D by taking a supplement.

Source: Vitamin D shortage linked to bone fractures

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Iron For Bloody Strong Health

There’s blood inside our body.

And there are two types of blood cells: red blood cell and white blood cell.

I’m going to talk about red blood cells and this red one is the one that carries oxygen to all our body.

What our body need is iron. Iron helps to build hemoglobin in our red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a biomolecule that binds oxygen to the red blood cell.

Lack of iron in our body result insuffiecient supply of oxygen. You will feel fatigue, headaches and shortness of breath.

Drink juices such as oranges and grapefruits as they have much vitamin C. Vitamin C doubles the amount of iron absorbtion in our body.

However, do avoid drinking tea or coffee as they are known to reduce the amounth of iron absorbed by our body.

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Health Tip: Your Body Needs Zinc

Today let’ s talk about zinc.

Zinc is an important mineral found in almost every cell in the human body.

Zinc supports a healthy immune system, is needed for wound healing, helps maintain your sense of taste and smell and is needed for DNA synthesis.

Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.

Zinc is found in lots of foods, and oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other.  Other good food sources include beans, nuts, certain seafood, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals and dairy products.

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Three New Studies Reinforce Important Role of Vitamins

A publication from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on 23rd February 2009 further reinforced the varying and important roles that vitamins can play as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The following studies can listed as:

1. The first study suggests that women with higher intakes of calcium from both food and supplements appear to have a lower risk of cancer overall, and both men and women with high calcium intakes have lower risks of colorectal cancer and other cancers of the digestive system.

2. A second study showed that women who took a combination of B vitamins decreased their risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of severe irreversible vision loss for older Americans.

3. Third study suggests that higher blood levels of vitamin D are inversely associated with the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections.

According to Andrew Shao, Ph.D., vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), “We’ve known for many years that these essential nutrients play important roles in health—vitamin D and calcium for bone health and folic acid for the prevention of neural tube birth defects—but these latest studies suggest new and exciting benefits that need further exploration.”

Congratulations!

All I can say is we need to eat a well balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables are definitely the best sources of vitamins and minerals.

Source: Good News for Vitamins – Three New Studies Reinforce Important Role of Vitamins, HealthWorld Online

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Keep Your Brain Young with Vitamin D

I read an article from “Early to Rise” by Suzanne Richardson, an editor manager, I found it quite interesting. I share with you readers about it.

“You probably already know at least a half-dozen reasons why you should be taking a vitamin D supplement. Bone health. Mood improvement. Physical performance. Vitamin D’s demonstrated anti-cancer effects. And if all that weren’t enough, a new study adds another benefit: cognitive performance.

In the study to be published in the Journal of Geriatric Psychology and Neurology, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan report an association between the risk of cognitive impairment in older folks and low levels of vitamin D.

More than 1,750 men and women 65 years or older were given neurocognitive tests. The testing revealed that 212 of the participants had cognitive impairment. The researchers then compared the vitamin D levels of those without cognitive impairment to those with cognitive impairment – and found that the risk of impairment significantly increased as vitamin D levels declined.

In fact, participants whose vitamin D levels were in the lowest 25 percent of the group had a whopping 2.28 times greater risk of cognitive impairment than those whose levels were in the top 25 percent. Since cognitive impairment is a major risk factor for developing dementia, anything you can do to lower your risk can help protect your brain for the long haul.

The best way to get adequate levels of vitamin D is through sun exposure. That means getting outside for about 10 to 20 minutes a day, three times a week – more often in the winter. I also personally recommend vitamin D supplements, about 1,000 to 2,000 IU daily. You can find vitamin D supplements at any health food store.”

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS 

Note: Sunshine and vitamin D not only contribute to keeping your brain young, they can have a positive effect on everything from cancer and diabetes to athletic performance and neonatal health.

Please comment and tell what you think, thank you.

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