Betaine supplement increases sprint muscle power

A study of the effects of betaine – TMG, or trimethylglycine – on muscular power during cycling found that ingesting 2.5 grams of the dietary supplement betaine for 7 days before a series of cycling sprint tests increased several measures of performance power by about 5.5 percent compared to baseline and 3.5 percent compared to […]

New Olympian-designed bone health supplements

Aging adults concerned about bone health, bone strength and integrity, and osteoporosis risk might be interested in a new, carefully formulated line of dietary supplements available at OsteoNaturals.com. What is unique about this set of bone health supplements is the quality of their ingredient formulation, which was personally designed (after extensive research) by an experienced […]

Vitamin D relieves joint pain, muscle pain from breast cancer medication

WUSTL.edu – High-dose vitamin D relieves joint pain and muscle pain for many breast cancer patients taking estrogen-lowering drugs, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The medications, known as aromatase inhibitors, are commonly prescribed to shrink breast tumors fueled by the hormone estrogen and help prevent cancer […]

Vitamin D intake recommendations in new clinical practice guideline

Endo-society.org – The Endocrine Society recently released “Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline.” The clinical practice guideline (CPG) is published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), a publication of The Endocrine Society. The major source of vitamin D for […]

Higher vitamin D levels improve bone density drug response 700 percent

HSS.edu – Vitamin D levels should be maintained above the limits recently recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in order to fully optimize a drug therapy for osteoporosis and low bone mineral density (BMD), according to a new study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The findings were presented at […]

Vitamin D deficiency linked to muscle injuries in NFL football players

Sportsmed.org – Vitamin D deficiency has been known to cause an assortment of health problems, and a recent study suggests that lack of vitamin D might also increase the chance of muscle injuries in athletes, specifically NFL football players. The study was presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in […]

The Nrf2 knockout scare – can dietary antioxidants hurt you?

A recent UCLA study on the actions of a cellular antioxidant regulator, Nrf2, found that it had some connection to the formation of atherosclerotic plaque, and that reducing Nrf2 decreased atherosclerosis. But should these study findings scare you away from eating Nrf2-promoting dietary antioxidants found in broccoli, blueberries, and dark chocolate, or from taking the […]

Reducing salt in teen diet linked to future heart health

UCSF.edu – Cutting back on salt in teenagers’ diets by as little as one-half teaspoon, or three grams, a day, could reduce the number of young adults with high blood pressure by 44 to 63 percent, according to new research presented Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 meeting in Chicago. The […]

Vitamin D deficiency doubles stroke risk in whites, but not blacks

HopkinsMedicine.org – Low levels of vitamin D, the essential nutrient obtained from milk, fortified cereals and exposure to sunlight, doubles the stroke risk in whites, but not in blacks, according to a new report by researchers at Johns Hopkins. Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death, killing more than 140,000 Americans annually and temporarily or permanently […]