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  • Most Vitamins Are From China. It’s a Bigger Problem Than You Realize

    09/08/2014 6:59:46 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 92 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Michelle Yu
    If you are taking vitamins, there is a good chance that they were imported from China. An aging population and growing focus on health in the United States has fueled the growth of a $28 billion vitamin and nutritional supplement market, and it is expected to continue to grow at about 3 percent a year. Over half of American adults are popping vitamins and supplements. They may not be aware they are eating products made in China, or made using raw materials from China. China has captured over 90 percent of the Vitamin C market in the United States, according...
  • Can Vitamin D Give You A Boost In The Bedroom?

    08/18/2014 2:15:56 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | 8-18-2014 | Kristina Fiore
    Kristina Fiore, MedPage TodayAugust 18,2014 Just when it seems the benefits-of-vitamin-D literature has topped out, Italian researchers have found yet another area where the vitamin/hormone may help out: the bedroom. In a study of 143 men, Alessandra Barassi, MD, of University of Milan in Italy, and her colleagues found that those with severe erectile dysfunction (ED) had significantly lower vitamin D levels than those with mild ED, and that deficiency was worse in those with arteriogenic ED than in non-arteriogenic ED.(snip)
  • Fortified Foods May Be Dangerous

    06/25/2014 9:48:46 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 35 replies
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | June 24, 2014 | Amir Khan
    Many cereals, snack bars and other foods tout that they’re fortified with vitamins and minerals, but it turns out, adding that into food may be dangerous, according to a new report by the Environmental Working Group. The organization found that nearly half of kids 8 or younger consume potentially dangerous levels of vitamin A, zinc and niacin due to over-fortification. The researchers fortified 1,550 cereals and 1,000 snack bars and found that 114 had 30 percent or more of the adult daily value for some vitamins and minerals, which can cause liver damage, skeletal abnormalities, hair loss and more in...
  • Are Diet Supplements Dangerous? : The FDA Cannot Keep Up

    04/10/2014 8:35:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/10/2014 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    If something is either essential or good for the health, surely more of it must be good for you? Such at any rate is the reasoning of half the American population who, between them spend more than $30 billion on dietary supplements, that is to say $200 a head per annum. All things considered, these supplements must be pretty safe, unlike prescription drugs, for few people die or have serious side-effects from them. Whether they do any good, other than as placebos, is another question entirely of course.According to an article in a recent edition of the New England...
  • Five Vitamins and Supplements That Are Actually Worth Taking

    02/17/2014 12:02:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Joseph Stromberg
    Vitamin D ...the researchers found that adults who took vitamin D supplements daily lived longer than those who didn't. Probiotics ...they're useful in very specific circumstances, but it's not necessary to continually take them on a daily basis. Zinc ...the mineral significantly reduced the duration of the cold, and also made symptoms less severe. Niacin ...Also known as vitamin B3, niacin is talked up as a cure for all sorts of conditions (including high cholesterol, Alzheimer's, diabetes and headaches) but in most of these cases, a prescription-strength dose of niacin has been needed to show a clear result. At over-the-counter...
  • Seven Ways to Save Money Under Obamacare

    01/12/2014 7:44:14 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 19 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 12-31-13 | Cynthia J. Koelker, MD
    With 2014 and the enactment of Obamacare only days away, we’re all wondering what this so-called Affordable Care Act will really cost us. Will your premiums be higher? Or your deductible? Will you lose employer-based coverage? Will your doctor simply give up and retire? But Obamacare is not all bad. I view it as a wake-up call. In fact, I wouldn’t be writing this article nor teaching people survival medicine skills if not for our current president. People tend to blame Obamacare for all the upcoming health care woes, but many of the looming hassles (from a doctor’s point of...
  • Alzheimer's study: Vitamin E may slow decline in mild, moderate dementia

    12/31/2013 8:36:51 PM PST · by Innovative · 9 replies
    CTV News/AP ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | Marilynn Marchione
    Researchers say vitamin E might slow the progression of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease -- the first time any treatment has been shown to alter the course of dementia at that stage. In a study of more than 600 older veterans, high doses of the vitamin delayed the decline in daily living skills, such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation, by about six months over a two-year period. Vitamin E did not preserve thinking abilities, though, and it did no good for patients who took it with another Alzheimer's medication. But those taking vitamin E alone required less help...
  • How the vitamin industrial complex swindled America

    12/18/2013 8:57:00 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 98 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/18/13 | Peter Weber
    Q uestions about the health benefits of vitamin supplements have been percolating in the medical establishment for decades — even as the multivitamin industry has grown to a multi-billion powerhouse in the U.S. This week, the respected journal the Annals of Internal Medicine put its well-heeled foot down. "We believe that the case is closed — supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful," the journal said in an editorial. "These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough." Here's Dr. Edgar Miller...
  • Multivitamin researchers say "case is closed" after studies find no health benefits

    12/16/2013 5:40:43 PM PST · by chicagolady · 149 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | Dec 16 2013 | Ryan Jaslow
    “Enough” with the multivitamins already.
  • Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem

    11/04/2013 1:18:57 AM PST · by iowamark · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/03/2013 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    Americans spend an estimated $5 billion a year on unproven herbal supplements that promise everything from fighting off colds to curbing hot flashes and boosting memory. But now there is a new reason for supplement buyers to beware: DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds. Using a test called DNA barcoding, a kind of genetic fingerprinting that has also been used to help uncover labeling fraud in the commercial seafood industry, Canadian researchers tested 44 bottles of popular supplements sold by 12 companies. They found that many were not...
  • 3 nutrients linked with a better night's sleep

    07/30/2013 5:07:41 AM PDT · by opentalk · 60 replies
    FOX news ^ | July 29, 2013 | Deborah Enos
    ... Trouble getting to sleep: Magnesium plays a key role in the bodily function that regulates sleep. Insomnia is one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency ,and in fact,a 2006 analysis in the journal Medical Hypothesis suggests that such a deficiency may even be the cause of most major depression and mental health problems.… Trouble staying asleep: Potassium supplements may be helpful to those who have trouble sleeping through the night,according to a 1991 study in the journal Sleep.... When most people think about potassium,they think bananas. Bananas do contain a fair amount of this mineral (about 10 percent of...
  • B-vitamins may delay Alzheimer’s onset

    05/24/2013 11:03:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 May 2013 | Emma Stoye
    UK researchers have found that high doses B-vitamins – including folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 – can slow down brain tissue atrophy, a wasting process associated with Alzheimer’s disease.David Smith of the University of Oxford, and colleagues, used randomised controlled trials to test the long-term effects of B-vitamins on the brain health of elderly people with mild cognitive impairment, who were classed as having an increased risk of dementia. They found the brains of those treated with B-vitamins shrank less over a two year period than those given a placebo, and experienced less atrophy in regions of grey...
  • "Vitamin C, Titrating To Bowel Tolerance, etc." by Robert F. Cathcart, M.D.

    01/14/2013 7:34:19 AM PST · by fishtank · 73 replies
    OrthoMed ^ | 1981 | Robert F. Cathcart
    VITAMIN C, TITRATING TO BOWEL TOLERANCE, ANASCORBEMIA, AND ACUTE INDUCED SCURVY Robert F. Cathcart, III, M.D. Allergy, Environmental, and Orthomolecular Medicine 127 Second Street, Los Altos, California 94022, USA Telephone 650-949-2822
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Not Associated With Lower Risk of Major Cardiovascular Disease...

    09/17/2012 10:37:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Sep. 11, 2012 | NA
    Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Not Associated With Lower Risk of Major Cardiovascular Disease Events In a study that included nearly 70,000 patients, supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause death, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, or stroke, according to an analysis of previous studies published in the Sept. 12 issue of JAMA. "Treatment with marine-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for the prevention of major cardiovascular adverse outcomes has been supported by a number of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and refuted by others. Although their mechanism of action is not clear,...
  • Google Shopping blocks all vitamins and natural products -glitch or deliberate censorship?

    08/19/2012 10:15:22 PM PDT · by waus · 24 replies
    Natural News ^ | 8-19-12 | Ethan A. Huff
    If you live in the U.S. and try to use Google Shopping to buy vitamins, supplements, personal care products, and even many health foods, your search queries will now turn up blank, as Google has apparently blocked access to all vitamins and natural products for American customers.
  • Snake Oil? (Chart shows which supplements are a waste of money, which have good supporting evidence)

    08/21/2012 11:06:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Visually ^ | 08/21/2012
  • New Magnesium Discovery: Anti-inflammatory benefits

    07/25/2012 4:30:54 AM PDT · by djf · 52 replies
    Of all the minerals, magnesium has always been close to my heart – in more ways than one. Magnesium is truly a wonder mineral While people might be aware of the power of this mineral, there is now scientific evidence that takes magnesium to a new level. A study was conducted on more than 3700 women who were post menopausal. The results were astounding in that it was revealed that magnesium has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. This is great news for people like you and I who are health-conscious and do not wish to depend upon harmful medications to reveal inflammatory-related...
  • Vitamin C: Cancer cure?

    06/18/2006 4:24:27 PM PDT · by wjersey · 49 replies · 1,744+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6/18/2006 | Marie McCullough
    Is mainstream medical science ignoring an inexpensive, painless, readily available cure for cancer? Mark Levine mulls this loaded question. The government nutrition researcher has published new evidence that suggests vitamin C can work like chemotherapy - only better. But so far, he hasn't been able to interest cancer experts in conducting the kind of conclusive studies that, one way or the other, would advance treatment. "If vitamin C is useful in cancer treatment, that's wonderful. If it's not, or if it's harmful, that's fine, too," said Levine, a Harvard-educated physician at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney...
  • North Texas woman cancer-free after out-of-the-box therapy (vitamin been mentioned here many times)

    06/10/2012 2:23:00 PM PDT · by Orange1998 · 69 replies
    DALLAS - Walking is just fine with 58-year-old Mary Cecil, who used to be an avid runner. "I was running and I started feeling pain in my left leg, and it was also tender when I slept on that side," she said. Cecil suspected a shin splint or pulled muscle. A bone scan, however, revealed a rare and aggressive tumor called dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma. The bone cancer is virtually unstudied. According to limited information, only one in 10 diagnosed with it survive two years. "Very scary," recalled Cecil of how she felt upon learning of the diagnosis. "The world just turned...
  • OCD, Me and Vitamin D: A Trip of Extremes

    04/20/2012 6:42:12 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 19th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    I'm almost 60 now, and my OCD has changed dramatically. Looking back, a direct connection between my severest symptoms, and the lack or abundance of Vitamin D, seems clear. As a child, I was allergic to milk and was raised on soybean formula. I practically lived outside and took jobs, like bean row walking and picking tomatoes. I did not start suffering from OCD until I started working in factories and restaurants. I spent a few years farming, and the OCD ebbed. Next I started trucking and worked in confinement hog buildings. I did a total tailspin and the OCD...
  • New Test May Predict the Possibility of a Heart Attack

    03/21/2012 8:00:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 3+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Mar. 21, 2012 | NA
    New findings from a landmark research study led by Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) -- a collaborative program between Scripps Health and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) -- shows a promising new blood test may be useful in helping doctors predict who is at risk for an imminent heart attack. Results of the study, titled "Characterization of Circulating Endothelial Cells in Acute Myocardial Infarction," were published this week in Science Translational Medicine. The study concludes that circulating endothelial cells (CEC) from heart attack patients were abnormally large and misshapen and often appeared with multiple nuclei, which indicates that CECs are...
  • Vitamin D Deficiency and Fibromyalgia: Lessening the Pain and Depression

    03/12/2012 6:37:19 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 12, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Two years ago, I started reading about vitamin D deficiency. In articles by Dr. Frank Lipkin and on Natural News, they explained the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Guess what? To my surprise and curiosity, a lot of the symptoms were like fibromyalgia. I went back through my paperwork and saw that the nurse had indeed told me to take vitamin D.
  • Vitacost pulled its ads from Rush Limbaugh -- looking for new vitamin supplier

    03/05/2012 12:26:20 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 74 replies
    self | NewJerseyJoe
    My (formerly) favorite supplement supplier, Vitacost, announced it is pulling sponsorship from Rush's show. Can anyone recommend another supplier? Thanks.
  • Taking a daily vitamin pill (vitamin A) could prevent skin cancer, scientists reveal

    03/03/2012 4:18:21 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    UK Mail Online ^ | March 2, 2012 | Anthony Bond
    Scientists say taking food supplements containing vitamin A can make people less likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. A study found that retinol - a key component of Vitamin A - could protect against the illness. The strongest protective effects were found in women and in sun exposed sites, suggesting retinol actually combats skin cancer. However, there was no association between dietary intake of vitamin A, found in liver, eggs and milk, and a reduction in risk. Their findings, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, found those who used retinol regularly were 60 per cent...
  • Diet, nutrient levels linked to cognitive ability, brain shrinkage

    12/28/2011 2:48:57 PM PST · by decimon · 29 replies
    Oregon State University ^ | December 28, 2011
    CORVALLIS, Ore. – New research has found that elderly people with higher levels of several vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood had better performance on mental acuity tests and less of the brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer's disease – while "junk food" diets produced just the opposite result. The study was among the first of its type to specifically measure a wide range of blood nutrient levels instead of basing findings on less precise data such as food questionnaires, and found positive effects of high levels of vitamins B, C, D, E and the healthy oils most...
  • FDA Set to Ban Your Supplements

    12/02/2011 9:07:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    Big Health Report ^ | December 1, 2011 | BHR
    The FDA has issued a proposed mandate that represents the greatest threat to dietary supplements since 1994. Back in the early 1990s, consumers were so alarmed by FDA bullying that they staged a massive revolt. The result was that Congress passed a law prohibiting the FDA from banning popular nutrients (as the agency had threatened to do). There was, however, a loophole in the 1994 law. The FDA was given authority to regulate ingredients introduced after October 15, 1994. It has been 17 years, but the FDA just issued draconian proposals as to how it intends to regulate what it...
  • Senator Durbin’s Stealth Move against Supplements

    Since he’s having trouble getting his own bill passed, he’s trying a different approach to get the same results. For weeks we have been telling you about Sen. Dick Durbin’s disastrous Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, which attempts to impose harsh limits on supplement availability by giving the FDA major new powers to make arbitrary standards and rules that will curtail supplement sales. Initially it orders the FDA to compile, with help from the Institute of Medicine, a list of dietary ingredients (read: supplements) that could lead to adverse events or are otherwise deemed risky in some way. But creating lists...
  • Vitamin Studies Spell Confusion for Patients

    10/14/2011 7:20:30 PM PDT · by decimon · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 14, 2011 | Unknown
    If it's Monday, it must be bad news about multivitamin day -- or was that Wednesday? No, Wednesday was good news about vitamin D, not so good news about vitamin E -- if you're confused, join the club. The alphabet soup of vitamin studies making headlines in the last few weeks has left more than one head spinning, and most clinicians scrambling for answers. As the dust begins to settle, physicians interviewed by MedPage Today and ABC News agreed on a bit of simple wisdom -- a healthy diet is more important than a fistful of supplements. "I had already...
  • Media hoax exposed: Recent attack on vitamins a fabricated scare campaign

    (NaturalNews) TIME, USA Today, MSNBC, NPR, CTV, the LA Times and numerous other mainstream media outlets have all been running a juvenile hoax over the last week. Through various misleading headlines, they're all claiming that vitamins might kill you. Here are some of the headlines: Study links vitamins to higher death rates in women - CTV Study: Vitamins may increase death risk in older women - USA Today We've Been Wasting a Ton of Money on Vitamins and Dietary Supplements - TIME Some common vitamin supplements could increase death risk - MSNBC Dietary supplements risky for older women, study finds...
  • Vitamins May Increase Women's Risk of Dying, Research Finds

    10/10/2011 6:56:28 PM PDT · by EBH · 61 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 10/10/11 | Joseph Brownstein
    Popping vitamins may do more harm than good, according to a new study that adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting some supplements may have health risks. Researchers from the University of Minnesota examined data from more than 38,000 women taking part in the Iowa Women's Health Study, an ongoing study with women who were around age 62 at its start in 1986. The researchers collected data on the women's supplement use in 1986, 1997 and 2004. Women who took supplements had, on average, a 2.4 percent increased risk of dying over the course of the 19-year study, compared...
  • Vitamin D deficiency common in cancer patients

    10/03/2011 11:45:22 AM PDT · by decimon · 44 replies
    American Society for Radiation Oncology ^ | October 3, 2011 | Unknown
    Predicts advanced diseaseMiami Beach, Fla., October 2, 2011 – More than three-quarters of cancer patients have insufficient levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxy-vitamin D) and the lowest levels are associated with more advanced cancer, according to a study presented on October 2, 2011, at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). "Until recently, studies have not investigated whether vitamin D has an impact on the prognosis or course of cancer. Researchers are just starting to examine how vitamin D may impact specific features of cancer, such as the stage or extent of tumor spread, prognosis, recurrence...
  • Your Supplements Are Under Attack: Time to Fight Back!

    09/26/2011 2:39:10 PM PDT · by EBH · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Live in the Now ^ | 9/19/11 | Joshua Corn
    A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about the FDA’s proposed new policy on dietary supplements that could make it impossible or very expensive for you to purchase the natural products you rely on to support your health. The open comment period on the FDA’s proposed guidelines ends on September 30, so NOW is the time to act and let your voice be heard if you want to retain your right to access supplements. (Scroll down to the bottom of this article to learn how you can get involved.) If the FDA has its way, all vitamins, herbs and...
  • The power Of (Vitamin) D

    09/25/2011 2:38:57 PM PDT · by blam · 86 replies
    Science News Magazine ^ | 8-16-2011 | Nathan Seppa
    The power of DSunshine vitamin’s potential health benefits stir up, split scientists By Nathan Seppa July 16th, 2011; Vol.180 #2 (p. 22) A nutritional supplement that is free of charge, offers a wide range of health benefits and poses little risk sounds like fodder for a late-night TV commercial. It offers a safe route to better health, these advocates say, by promoting proper function of the bones, heart, brain, immune system, you name it. Yet, the proponents claim, most people don’t get enough. Whereas humans’ pre­historic ancestors lived outdoors and made oodles of vitamin D in their sun-exposed skin, people...
  • Politics killing kids in vitamin wars: study

    08/30/2011 7:14:49 AM PDT · by tellw · 10 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 30, 2011 | Lesley Ciarula Taylor
    Vitamin A supplements to malnourished children worldwide could save 600,000 young lives a year, says study with strong Canadian connections that challenges the politics behind the controversial program. “This is a fundamental human rights issue,” bioethicist Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta told the Star on Monday. “I think further studies exposing large numbers of children are unethical,” he said. In 43 studies from 18 countries analyzed by Bhutta and his team, children given placebos rather than Vitamin A capsules were at 27 per cent higher risk of dying from diarrhea and suffered 50 per cent more cases of measles and far more...
  • Now Governmentt Trying to Ban Sale of Your Supplements

    07/30/2011 11:05:07 AM PDT · by Clairity · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 29, 2011 | Chris Gonsalves
    Sen. Orrin Hatch blasted a new bill that health experts are calling a government takeover of the vitamin industry. New legislation proposed by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., earlier this month would crack down on the testing, labeling, and sale of dietary supplements nationwide. The increased regulation almost certainly will deny many Americans easy, affordable access to the natural health products they rely on daily, experts warn. Sens. Durbin and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., quietly submitted the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011 over the July 4th weekend. Despite its innocuous title, the bill would force a massive reclassification of food additives...
  • California scientists discover how vitamins and minerals may prevent age-related diseases

    05/31/2011 9:23:09 AM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies
    New research in the FASEB Journal demonstrates need for public health initiatives aimed at identifying, treating and taking seriously modest vitamin and mineral deficienciesBethesda, MD—Severe deficiency of the vitamins and minerals required for life is relatively uncommon in developed nations, but modest deficiency is very common and often not taken seriously. A new research published online in the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), however, may change this thinking as it examines moderate selenium and vitamin K deficiency to show how damage accumulates over time as a result of vitamin and mineral loss, leading to age-related diseases. "Understanding how best to define and...
  • Low vitamin D levels 'linked to Parkinson's disease'

    05/23/2011 8:07:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 July 2010 | NA
    Having low vitamin D levels may increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life, say Finnish researchers. Their study of 3,000 people, published in Archives of Neurology, found people with the lowest levels of the sunshine vitamin had a three-fold higher risk. Vitamin D could be helping to protect the nerve cells gradually lost by people with the disease, experts say. The charity Parkinson's UK said further research was required. Parkinson's disease affects several parts of the brain, leading to symptoms like tremor and slow movements. 30-year study The researchers from Finland's National Institute for Health and...
  • Vitamin D levels linked with health of blood vessels

    04/03/2011 2:17:16 PM PDT · by decimon · 41 replies
    Emory University ^ | April 3, 2011 | Unknown
    A lack of vitamin D, even in generally healthy people, is linked with stiffer arteries and an inability of blood vessels to relax, research from the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute has found. The results add to evidence that lack of vitamin D can lead to impaired vascular health, contributing to high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Study participants who increased their vitamin D levels were able to improve vascular health and lower their blood pressure. The data is being presented on Sunday by Ibhar Al Mheid, MD, a cardiovascular researcher at Emory University School of Medicine,...
  • Sluggish? Confused? Vitamin B12 May Be Low

    01/19/2011 3:53:18 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    Tired? Depressed? Forgetting things? Who isn't these days? Those are also symptoms of a deficiency of B12, a key nutrient needed to make red blood cells and DNA and keep the nervous system working right..... "B12 deficiency is much more common than the textbooks and journal articles say it is," says Alan Pocinki, an internist in Washington D.C., who routinely tests his patients who fall into those categories. He also notes that since the Metformin connection was discovered only recently,
  • Vitamin C rapidly improves emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients, say LDI researchers

    09/23/2010 10:04:53 AM PDT · by decimon · 37 replies
    Jewish General Hospital ^ | September 23, 2010 | Unknown
    Simple treatment may counteract widespread problem of subnormal vitamin levels in acute-care patientsTreatment with vitamin C rapidly improves the emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients, according to a study carried out by researchers at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and the affiliated Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI). In a double-blind clinical trial, patients admitted to the JGH were randomly assigned to receive either vitamin C or vitamin D supplements for seven to ten days. Patients administered vitamin C had a rapid and statistically and clinically significant improvement in mood state, but no significant change in mood occurred with...
  • Calcium supplements may raise risk of heart attack

    07/30/2010 4:24:36 AM PDT · by FBD · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:20pm EDT | By Tan Ee Lyn
    Calcium supplements, which many people consume hoping to ward off osteoporosis, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent, researchers reported Friday...(snip) ...While experts are not certain about the biological mechanism by which calcium supplements may damage the body, studies in the past have linked high levels of blood calcium to more heart attacks and damage to blood vessels, Reid said. "When you take calcium supplements, your blood calcium level goes up over the following four to six hours and goes up to the top end of the normal range," he said. "That doesn't happen...
  • What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D

    07/27/2010 5:14:36 PM PDT · by decimon · 40 replies · 4+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 26, 2010 | Jane E. Brody
    Vitamin D promises to be the most talked-about and written-about supplement of the decade. While studies continue to refine optimal blood levels and recommended dietary amounts, the fact remains that a huge part of the population — from robust newborns to the frail elderly, and many others in between — are deficient in this essential nutrient. If the findings of existing clinical trials hold up in future research, the potential consequences of this deficiency are likely to go far beyond inadequate bone development and excessive bone loss that can result in falls and fractures. Every tissue in the body, including...
  • Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked to Fewer Infections

    07/12/2010 5:27:45 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 48 replies · 4+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 10, 2010 | Dr. John Briffa
    Previously I have highlighted the benefits vitamin D has with regard to improving the immune response and helping keep infections such as flu at bay. It has been mooted that the upsurge in viral infections during the winter is connected with the generally lower vitamin D levels at this time. The traditional view is that winter infections are due to “indoor crowding.”However, research indicates that flu epidemics do not occur in the summer in crowded workplaces despite the presence of the flu virus around people who should be susceptible to infection. This is based on research by the Centers for...
  • Antioxidants do help arteries stay healthy

    07/05/2010 4:58:21 PM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    BioMed Central ^ | July 5, 2010 | Unknown
    Long-term supplementation with dietary antioxidants has beneficial effects on sugar and fat metabolism, blood pressure and arterial flexibility in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Nutrition and Metabolism report these positive results in a randomized controlled trial of combined vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium capsules. Reuven Zimlichman worked with a team of researchers from Wolfson Medical Center, Israel, to carry out the study in 70 patients from the centre's hypertension clinic. He said, "Antioxidant supplementation significantly increased large and small artery elasticity in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors....
  • Brain regulates cholesterol in blood, study suggests

    06/27/2010 10:19:52 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 66 replies
    BBC ^ | June 06, 2010 | Emma Wilkinson
    The amount of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream is partly regulated by the brain, a study in mice suggests. It counters assumptions that levels are solely controlled by what we eat and by cholesterol production in the liver. The US study in Nature Neuroscience found that a hunger hormone in the brain acts as the "remote control" for cholesterol travelling round the body.Too much cholesterol causes hardened fatty arteries, raising the risk of a heart attack. The research carried out by a US team at the University of Cincinnati found that increased levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin in mice...
  • Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome in Studies

    06/27/2010 6:58:30 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 58 replies · 1+ views
    HealthDay News via Yahoo! ^ | June 20, 2010 | NIH
    A pair of new studies has uncovered evidence that low levels of vitamin D could lead to poor blood sugar control among diabetics and increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome among seniors. ..... More than 90 percent of the patients, who ranged in age from 36 to 89, had either vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency, the authors found, despite the fact that they all had had routine primary care visits before their specialty visit. Just about 6 percent of the patients were taking a vitamin D supplement at the time of their visit, the research team noted, and those...
  • New Vitamin D Guidelines May Raise Advised Dose

    04/30/2009 10:44:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 2,056+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 15 April 2009 | ERIK L. GOLDMAN
    SAN DIEGO — The Institute of Medicine is reviewing its 1997 guidelines for vitamin D intake, and will likely recommend increased supplementation when new guidelines are published in 2010. There is a growing consensus that currently recommended intakes—200 IU per day for individuals under age 50 and 400 IU for those aged 50-70—are too low, said Connie Weaver, Ph.D., director of the department of food and nutrition, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. A recent analysis of data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) during 1988-1994 and 2001-2004 even suggests that an epidemic of vitamin D...
  • Grape Seed Extract Halts Cell Cycle, Checking Growth Of Colorectal Tumors In Mice

    11/13/2006 5:32:05 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 38 replies · 2,245+ views
    Science Daily ^ | October 29, 2006 | American Assoiation of Cancer Research
    Chemicals found in grape seeds significantly inhibited growth of colorectal tumors in both cell cultures and in mice, according to researchers who have already demonstrated the extract's anti-cancer effects in other tumor types. Their study, published in the October 18 issue of Clinical Cancer Research, documented a 44 percent reduction of advanced colorectal tumors in the animals, and also revealed, for the first time, the molecular mechanism by which grape seed extract works to inhibit cancer growth. The authors found that it increases availability of a critical protein, Cip1/p21, in tumors that effectively freezes the cell cycle, and often pushes...
  • Reducing niacin intake can prevent obesity

    05/20/2010 9:11:10 AM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies · 753+ views
    World Journal of Gastroenterology ^ | May 20, 2010 | Unknown
    Dietary factors have long been known to play a major role in the development of obesity. The global increasing prevalence of obesity suggests that there should be some common changes in diet worldwide. In fact, a significant, yet, often neglected worldwide change in dietary factors in the past few decades is the food fortification-induced marked increase in the content of niacin. However, the effect of long-term exposure to excess niacin on human health remains to be unclear. A research team from China examined the role of excess nicotinamide in glucose metabolism using co-loading of glucose and nicotinamide test. They proved...
  • Henry Waxman smuggles vitamin regulation into the financial bill

    05/04/2010 1:24:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 614+ views
    IC ^ | May 4, 2010 | Zoe Romanowsky
    A finance reform bill called the "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009" (H.R. 4173), which recently passed in the House of Representatives, now includes a strange addition by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). Waxman seems to believe the dietary supplement industry should be regulated like the pharmaceutical industry. The language he wants in the bill can be used to get around the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplement regulation by the FDA. The new language would give new powers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), allowing it to circumvent key supplement...