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Vitamin D

Calcium and vitamin D improve cholesterol in postmenopausal women

Posted March 9, 2014

Calcium and vitamin D supplements after menopause can improve women’s cholesterol profiles. And much of that effect is tied to raising vitamin D levels, finds a new study from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) just published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

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Vitamin D may boost survival rate for breast cancer patients

Posted March 9, 2014

A new study has found that high levels of vitamin D may increase a breast cancer patient’s chance of survival. The study’s findings, published in the journal Anticancer Research, suggest that breast cancer patients with large amounts of vitamin D in their blood could double their chances of survival, compared with patients who had low levels.

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Active vitamin D helps remove toxic aluminum in chronic kidney disease patients

Posted March 6, 2014

As various amounts of aluminum begin showing up in food products tested at the Consumer Wellness Center Forensic Food Lab, it’s becoming clear how metals like aluminum can build up unnecessarily in the body, taxing the organs over time.

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Vitamin D deficiency occurs in an early stage in type 1 diabetes

Posted March 3, 2014

Low levels of vitamin D are commonly found in people with type 1 diabetes. But even children who have multiple positive islet autoantibodies without manifest type 1 diabetes have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood. This does not appear, however, to influence the progression of the disease from pre-diabetes to diabetes, according to scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich in the specialist journal Diabetologia.

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Causal link found between vitamin D, serotonin synthesis and autism in new study

Posted February 27, 2014

Serotonin and vitamin D have been proposed to play a role in autism, however, no causal mechanism has been established. Now, researchers show that serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin, three brain hormones that affect social behavior related to autism, are all activated by vitamin D hormone. Supplementation with vitamin D and tryptophan would be a practical and affordable solution to help prevent autism and possibly ameliorate some symptoms of the disorder.

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Vitamin D: Are you getting enough of this essential vitamin?

Posted February 24, 2014

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and one of the most important vitamins for our overall health. Though five forms of it are known to science (vitamins D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5), the two forms that matter most to us are D2 (ergocalciferol, a synthetic form made by irradiating fungus and plant matter) and D3 (cholecalciferol, a natural form created in our bodies from sunlight exposure). Aside from being more natural, vitamin D3 is 87 percent more potent than vitamin D2, making it the best form of vitamin D for our bodies.

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Vitamin D and calcium disparities found among American subpopulations

Posted February 24, 2014

Many Americans do not meet recommended intakes of calcium and vitamin D, despite the important role these vital nutrients play in bone health during all stages of the lifecycle. Researchers set out to determine calcium and vitamin D intakes among specific subpopulations of Americans in order to identify those most in need of fortification/enrichment and supplementation. Their findings are now available in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the Official Publication of the American College of Nutrition and a publication from Routledge.

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Vitamin D and the Elderly

Posted February 20, 2014

In this health minute Deborah Ray looks at the benefit of vitamin d supplementation for the elderly.

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Sunning sensibly has numerous health benefits for the body

Posted February 19, 2014

In spite of years of bad press about the harmful effects of the sun, with its powerful ultraviolet rays, such as UVAs and UVBs, researchers are now pointing to its many benefits instead. For both mental and physical benefits, exposure to the sun is necessary for good health. Even the benefits offered by substitutes, such as vitamin D supplements, are not as well processed by the body as natural exposure to the sun.

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You Need This Vitamin to Keep Your Immune System Strong All Winter

Posted February 11, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when every other patient who walks through my clinic doors is coughing, sneezing or sniffling. It’s also that time of year when I’m ordering vitamin D tests for nearly all of the patients I see in my practice.

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