Vitamin D

Health Blog: What to Do to Help Fight the Ill Effects of Trans Fats

In the previous blogs about trans fats, we have told you about the bad things these can do to your heart and your brain. But what else besides avoiding trans fats in processed and restaurant foods might you do to ameliorate the ill effects of trans fats on your vital organs?

Health Blog: Should Women Take Calcium Supplements …

 … or will it give you a heart attack? 

does taking calcium cause women to have heart attacks?Well, it’s happened again. Researchers released a poorly designed on a particular supplement, and the press trumpeted the supposed health risks associated with it. In reading the news reports and the published study this week, it looks to us that neither researchers nor reporters did their homework.

Health Blog: Seven Ways to Maximize Baby’s Health

With your baby, it is important to start out right

It is important to maximize your baby's health from the beginning of lifeWhen you work in preventative health care, a newborn infant is somewhat of a “holy grail.” A completely clean slate at birth, the newborn offers physicians the opportunity to work purely with health optimization – no chronic symptoms to unravel, no life history to contend with. My only job is to maintain and promote proper function on all levels. Here are the seven things I recommend to all new parents to maximize their baby’s health going forward.

Health Blog: Supplements vs Pharmaceuticals

Why you don’t know about supplements that can make you better

Supplements can be just as effective for certain ailments as pharmaceuticals. If you haven’t heard this, there is a reason.Unless you’re living without TV, you’ve undoubtedly heard of pharmaceutical drugs to reduce “bad” cholesterol, and drugs for joint pain. But have you heard about  dietary supplements that have a positive effect on these health conditions?

There's a reason for that.

Health Blog: Nutrition Revolution by the People!

Dietary guidelines for Americans lag behind

As usual government is, as they say, a little slow on the uptake.

You may have seen the recent WellWise blog about the new USDA dietary guidelines. We wrote about the reduced salt recommendations, but we missed something rather amusing.

Health Blog: Vitamin D Deception?

Some suspect conflict of interest in vitamin D report

Remember back in November when the highly anticipated verdict on vitamin D came out? Lots of people in the know were shocked. But now it is beginning to make sense.

Health Blog: Why Vitamin D? It Could Save Your Life

Sometimes you just can’t get enough vitamin D naturally

Our previous blogs about vitamin D sources explained the advantages of sun, along with some warnings; food options, with a caveat about mercury in fish; and the wrong form of vitamin D in most fortified foods. Now, let’s have a close look at manufactured vitamin D supplements.

Health Blog: What Should I Eat to Get Vitamin D?

What are the best sources of Vitamin D?

In Part 1, we explained why the sun is the best source. But we also revealed problems you might have in getting enough sunshine to enable your body to make vitamin D: You may live the northern half of the United States, you may be over the age of 50 (when your body makes less vitamin D), or your dark skin may require more time in the sun than your busy schedule allows.

Health Blog: Vitamin D: Why The Sun Is Your Best Friend

Part 1: Vitamin D from the Sun

If you took the advice in our last blog, you’ve likely learned you’re VDD (our term for Vitamin D Deficient). The bad news is that’s bad; the good news is you can easily correct your situation. Nature has made sure of it – first by designing your body to make your own vitamin D, and second by providing some food sources. The third option is supplements.

Health Blog: What Are the Best Vitamin D Sources?

Part 1: Vitamin D from the Sun

If you took the advice in our last blog, you’ve likely learned you’re VDD (our term for Vitamin D Deficient). The bad news is that’s bad; the good news is you can easily correct your situation. Nature has made sure of it – first by designing your body to make your own vitamin D, and second by providing some food sources. The third option is supplements.

Inflammation: Supplements Can Help

Inflammation is thought to be the core of all modern diseases

Itching, burning, tender, swollen and sore are all symptoms of inflammation, an immune response created by the body in reaction to a cut, scrape, burn or pathogen. In this sense, inflammation is a defense against invaders and a key component of tissue healing. But when inflammation becomes chronic, this natural healthy reaction can become unhealthy and cause problems such as atherosclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and a host of other diseases.

For Better or For Worse: To Healthcare We Are Wed

With this union comes newlywed jitters, a combination of hope and fear: Will this healthcare overhaul prove a fiscal boon or blunder?  Will we end up increasing or decreasing the overall quality of care available as a whole?  Will we be able to provide health coverage for all without creating a bureaucratic, anti-competitive healthcare system? 

Vitamin D Levels Low in Autistics, Schizophrenics

Researchers found low levels of vitamin D in the blood of outpatient psychiatric subjects, and that those who underwent vitamin D treatment experienced an improved psychiatric state.

Study Says Vitamin D Shows Promise for Staving Off Seasonal 'Flu

Increased intakes of vitamin D may reduce the incidence of seasonal ‘flu, according to results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial from Japan.

Here it is:

Vitamin D shows promise against seasonal ‘flu: Study

Scientific Enlightenment of Vitamin D for Consumers

The science supporting the muscle function of vitamin D, as well as the vitamin’s role in immune health, is sufficiently robust to have merited a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA). Read more.

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