Regular consumption of fruit smoothies fortified with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids may boost a woman’s likelihood of getting pregnant, a new study revealed. According to study, the drink contains the same omega-3 content as a portion of salmon and a single supplement dose of vitamin D. The study also revealed that participants were more likely to remember drinking the smoothie than taking fertility medications or following a healthy diet. The results suggest that the drink may help couples wanting to start a family.
Immune Defense Summit
When it comes to vitamin D, naturopaths, conventional medical doctors, dietitians and researchers all seem to agree. Not only is the “sunshine vitamin” indispensable for strong bones and teeth, immune system function and heart health, but it also can help prevent serious diseases, including cancer. But, when it comes to recommendations for vitamin D supplementation, confusion and contradiction reign. Fortunately, a new study provides valuable information about just how much vitamin D to take in order to reach optimal levels. Keep reading to learn more.
Improved Dietary Guidelines for Vitamin D: Application of Individual Participant Data (IPD-Level Meta-Regression Analyses)
Vitamin D deficiency is generally accepted to be a blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D 25(OH)D less than 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) or 50 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L), a threshold supported by both the National Academies of Sciences and the Endocrine Society. As with other vitamins and minerals, government bodies have established recommendations for the dietary intake of vitamin D to prevent deficiency in the general population.
by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
Vitamin D became an important topic within the past decade and a-half ago once it was realized that it is more important for promoting many other health factors than bone health and it helps prevent many diseases in addition to the highly publicized rickets.
The areas in addition to bone health that are addressed by vitamin D include:
Deaths from Alzheimer’s in America have soared 55 percent since 1999, as the burden of this fatal form of dementia grows and the population ages, a federal health report said recently. “Millions of Americans and their family members are profoundly affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” said CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat.
Awareness of the potent health effects of vitamin D has been on the rise in recent years. Getting sufficient vitamin D is linked with a healthy immune system response, faster healing times and stronger bones, while vitamin D deficiency is linked with a higher risk for cancer, dementia, MS and a range of other health issues. While vitamin D benefits and studies had been mainly focused on older individuals, science is now underscoring the benefits of vitamin D for adults of all ages when it comes to avoiding muscle injury.
For over two decades, we have been warned about the ‘dangers of sun exposure.’ Yet, while a sunburn can indeed have negative health effects, the truth is that the sun is our best source for vitamin D – particularly vitamin D3.
Unfortunately, sunscreen products – as low as SPF 15 – actually block the production of crucial vitamin D3 by 99 percent or more.
Vitamin D, also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is a steroid hormone precursor.
By Geo Espinosa, ND ~
Recently, a New York Times (NYT) article, Why are So Many People Popping Vitamin D?, suggested that taking vitamin D is a waste of time and money. Gina Kolata, a medical journalist for the NYT, highlighted two new studies concluding that vitamin D does not prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer.
Recently, this New York Times (NYT) article suggested that taking vitamin D is a waste of time and money. Gina Kolata, a medical journalist for the NYT, highlighted two new studies concluding that vitamin D does not prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer.
Here is a summary of the two studies mentioned in the NYT: