Vitamin D for chronic pain – According to an extensive review of clinical research, inadequate vitamin D intake has been linked to a long list of illnesses with chronic pain , including bone and joint pain of various types, muscle pain, fibromyalgia syndrome, rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis, and other complaints. Lack of vitamin D also has been implicated in the mood disturbances of chronic […]

Vitamin D level linked to colon cancer survival

Patients diagnosed with colon cancer who had higher vitamin D levels in their blood were less likely to die during a follow-up period than those who were deficient in vitamin D, according to a new study by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The findings of the study – the first to examine the effect of vitamin D among colorectal […]

Memory loss linked to high saturated fat diet

Loss of memory with advanced age is a significant problem within most societies, and appears particularly severe in advanced industrialized nations. A less visible and often ignored problem comes from a food supply high in cholesterol and saturated fat, which has led to high obesity rates particularly in the United States. In a study published […]

Activated vitamin D may prevent heart failure – Vitamin D benefits: strong bones, a healthy immune system, protection against some types of cancer. Recent studies suggest there’s yet another benefit of vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D keeps the heart fit for life’s demands and protects against heart failure. University of Michigan pharmacologist Robert U. Simpson, Ph.D., thinks it’s apt to call vitamin […]

Low vitamin d level increases risk of heart disease

JAMA / Archives – Low levels of vitamin D appear to be associated with higher risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) in men, according to a report in the June 9, 2008 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Studies have shown that the rates of cardiovascular disease-related deaths are increased at higher latitudes and during the winter months […]

Vitamin D3, sun and type 1 diabetes risk in children

Sun exposure and vitamin D levels may play a strong role in risk of type 1 diabetes in children, according to new findings by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This association comes on the heels of similar research findings by this same group regarding vitamin D levels and several major cancers. In this new study, the […]

Drinking alcohol cuts risk of rheumatoid arthritis up to 50 percent

Alcohol cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50 percent, reveals research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases . The Scandinavian researchers base their findings on more than 2750 people taking part in two separate studies, which assessed environmental and genetic risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis. Over half the […]

Drinking chlorinated water during pregnancy linked to birth defects

Drinking water disinfected by chlorine while pregnant may increase the risk of having children with heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects, according to a study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health. This finding, based on an analysis of nearly 400,000 infants in Taiwan, is the first that links by-products of water chlorination to […]

Polyphenols from Concord grape juice may improve memory in seniors

As America’s baby boomers continue to age, the number of people 65 years of age and older is expected to double to 70 million by 2030. As such, age-related cognitive decline and incidence of chronic conditions, including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, is on the rise. Research supports that good nutrition – particularly a […]