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Too Little Vitamin D Links to More Colds and Flu

Dr. Adit Ginde, an assistant professor of surgery in the division of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine finds that too little vitamin D means more colds and flu.

The finding is based on an assessment of vitamin D levels, nutritional habits and respiratory infection rates among nearly 19,000 American men and women.

According to him, “… our study provides support that lower levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk for respiratory infections, such as the common cold and the flu. And people who have pre-existing respiratory disease — like asthma an emphysema — appear to be at an increased risk for this association.”

Ginde’s team, from Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston, reports its findings in the Feb. 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

For other study on Vitamin D, read ” Teens Lack Vitamin D Risk Heart Problems ”

News Source: Too Little Vitamin D May Mean More Colds and Flu, HealthDay

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Teens Lack Vitamin D Risk Heart Problems

New research shows that teenagers who lack vitamin D are risking having heart problems. They who with the lowest vitamin D levels were more than twice as likely to have high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

The study’s leader, Jared Reis of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said more research will be needed to determine if vitamin D is really behind the health problems and whether getting more would make a difference.

The findings were being presented Wednesday at an American Heart Association conference in Palm Harbor, Florida.

News source: Lack of vitamin D linked to teen health problems

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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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