In a study of Japanese schoolchildren, vitamin D supplements taken during the winter and early spring helped prevent seasonal flu and asthma attacks. The idea for the study, study chief Dr. Mitsuyoshi Urashima, told Reuters Health, came from an earlier study looking at whether vitamin D could help prevent the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. The researchers in that study noticed that people taking vitamin D were three times less likely to report cold and flu symptoms.
Archive for March, 2010
US research has found that antioxidants claims that choose wording such as ìrich in antioxidantsî are much more likely to draw a response from consumers than “antioxidants added”. The Decision Analyst research surveyed more than 16,000 people and found 40 percent of respondents would be more likely to buy products “very frequently” or “somewhat frequently” if products bore the ìrich inî labels.
A leading scientific journal in Pakistan, The Journal of Management & Social Science,* recently published a paper titled “A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising-Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace,” indicating that the military application of the Transcendental Meditation technique has merit.
Kansas State University (K-State) researchers have joined a growing number of scientists who say a relatively new medical field known as nutrigenomics could change the future of public health forever. How? By tailoring strategies to prevent diseases before they can happen — diseases that might otherwise be in a person’s future because of his or her genetic makeup.
A study in the March 8, 2010 issue of Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases suggests that maintaining sufficient vitamin D
in the blood may help prevent the nasal colonization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with higher risk of infection like flu including swine flu. One way for the sunshine vitamin to boost the immunity is enhancing the releasing of antimicrobial peptides in the skin.
You don’t always have to head for a medicine bottle when your head is pounding. Try these alternative remedies to prevent or stop a headache. Try the nicer needle. Acupuncture is as effective as pain drugs for treating migraines and for reducing their frequency and severity. How? It may increase levels of beta-endorphin, a natural painkilling substance in your body.
Do nutritional needs change after menopause? Key nutrients to increase after menopause are calcium, vitamins B-12 and D; nutrients to decrease are iron, sodium and calories. There are lowered iron requirements once the losses of iron in menstruation are no longer in effect and the apparent need for more calcium to protect bone health when the protective effect of estrogen is reduced. In practical terms that means less need for red meat or other high-iron foods, and an extra daily serving of a calci
Vitamin D is a popular topic in the media today as studies emerge showing that a lack of the vitamin may increase the risk of chronic disease such as heart disease or cancer. Now a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that a number of factors, such as blood levels of vitamin D and total cholesterol levels, may influence a personís ability to make vitamin D after ultraviolet radiation.
The word that is heard over and over when it comes to living longer is ANTIOXIDANTS . . . and the more the better! But there are other age-fighting nutrients that also help. Starting to eat foods that have anti-aging properties now will benefit you in the long run in reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and the overall aging process. Letís take a look at five foods you should be eating to fight the effects of time.
Back pain often affects the lower back and can be a big physical and psychological burden. “The cause of back pain is not always immediately clear,” explains Professor Peter Sawicki, the Institute’s Director. “But low back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks.” Back pain is only rarely caused by a more serious health problem.