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17
MAR

7 Signs of a Nutritional Deficiency

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Nails – White spots on nails indicate a mineral deficiency. The appearance of ridges, specifically, could indicate a lack of zinc.

Mouth – When your tongue is pale in color you could need more iron. A painful or burnt tongue could be your body’s way of telling you that you need more B vitamins, specifically B2 and B3.

Eyes – Dark circles are sometimes an indicator of needing more than just sleep. See a food allergy specialist to check for intolerances and foods you may need to steer clear of. Some other vitamins you could need are vitamin D for nearsightedness and vitamin A for poor night vision.

Hair – Suffering from hair loss? Try taking a Biotin supplement. Dry hair and dandruff are also signs you need some more vitamin A and omega-3s.

Skin – Irritations and skin problems are usually signs that there are issues going on inside the body. Alleviate dry skin with vitamins A and E. If you suffer from acne during “that time of the month”, try a B6 supplement.

Joint Pain – It can be very defeating when you no longer can perform day-to-day activities due to joint pain. Try magnesium for cramping and twitching. Vitamin B1 and B6 are very useful swelling and twitching. Try a B12 supplement to combat joint numbness.

Brain Fog – Do you have trouble focusing? Are you feeling tired or rundown all the time? You might be experiencing the phenomenon known as “brain fog”. Fortunately, there are some vitamins that can help stave off its effects. A complex of B vitamins can help a body’s response to stress. Vitamin C and zinc have been shown to improve mood disorders and anxiety.

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16
MAR

Do you REALLY need a Multivitamin?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Many people wonder about this important question: do you really need a multivitamin?

Multivitamins contain a combination of the nutritional minerals and vitamins that are essential for the proper functioning of the human body. People often believe that if they eat well and have a healthy lifestyle, a multivitamin isn’t really necessary. That might be true but the most appropriate answer is, not always.

The human body needs nutrients to ensure proper function, proving energy, vitality and good health. Multivitamins cannot substitute a healthy diet but it may provide some important nutrients. Even a well-balanced diet may lack a vitamin or mineral that might be important for your health. For example, people who exercise regularly may need extra vitamins and minerals to avoid injuries and other issues. The more you work out, more nutrients is required by your body to keep functioning properly. So, even someone eating a healthy diet may benefit from taking a multivitamin.

Additionally, a few groups of people may really benefit from taking a multivitamin. Kids and teenagers require a variety of nutrients during the growing stages and, sometimes, it may be difficult to obtain these vitamins from food. The same can be said for athletes, people with digestive issues, and pregnant women. For the elderly, multivitamins are necessary because as people age, the body starts losing the ability to absorb nutrients from food, and providing nutrients directly in the form of multivitamins can help their body being supplied with all the necessary nutrition.

A whole food product is highly recommended if you are planning to start taking a multivitamin. Whole food multivitamins are made with nutrients from natural sources and contain concentrates of fruits and vegetables as well as additional nutrients that help the body absorb these essential vitamins and minerals.

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13
MAR

3 Supplements You Need to Add to Your Regimen NOW

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 3:08 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

American Health, a leading manufacturer of the American Health and Ester-C brands strives to bring you the highest quality nutritional products to help you maintain optimum health and wellness.  Today, American Health remains one of the most trusted and respected innovators of specialty supplements in the natural health food industry. Their commitment to product quality remains intact with their line of digestive enzymes, probiotics as well as with the patented and clinically researched vitamin C formula, Ester-C.

Pass the Papaya

Help combat the body’s natural inclination to slow enzyme production with the help of Super Papaya Enzyme Plus. Since we naturally produce enzymes at different levels, some of us may digest proteins well, but not carbohydrates, or vice versa. Enzymes help convert food into nutrients the body can absorb, making them available for energy needs, cell growth and other vital functions. There are many different types of digestive enzymes with specific roles. For example, papaya helps digest protein while amylase helps digest carbohydrates. Super Papaya Enzyme Plus provides you with delicious papaya fruit flavor fortified with well-known enzymes to encourage proper nutrient absorption and aid in digestion.

Get Good Gut Flora

American Health Acidophilus Chewable With Bifidus Natural Strawberrry Flavor helps to stimulate the beneficial bacteria in the digestive and intestinal tracts, encourages proper nutrient absorption and promotes immune health. Consuming Acidophilus is the ideal way to boost your beneficial bacteria and enhance positive flora. Their 100% naturally delicious banana flavored, milk-free chewable acidophilus is ideal for those who are lactose-intolerant. Each wafer contains a mix of two classic lactobacilii — acidophilus and bifidum and is guaranteed to deliver one billion microorganisms per serving. With Chewable Acidophilus, you can support your digestive health and increase the amount of healthy bacteria and flora in your intestine.

Believe in the Power of C

Ester-C is a pH-neutral, non-acidic form of vitamin C that is gentle on the stomach. It is created using a proprietary, chemical-free, and water-based manufacturing process that yields a unique, non-acidic form of vitamin C, supported with naturally-occurring metabolites. Vitamin C is water soluble, meaning it tends to “wash out” rapidly from the body. Patented Ester-C was specifically developed to stay in your system, and be retained in your white blood cells.

From immune support to digestive health, along with vitamins and specialty supplements, American Health has you covered. You’ll be sure to find simple solutions for everyday optimum health.

 

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22
FEB

4 Supplements for Eye Health

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Healthy eyes are so important to all of us but it’s not easy to prevent the slow degradation of the eyes. In order to avoid this problem, it is essential to consume certain nutritional and dietary supplements for eye health, so here’s a list of 4 supplements for eye health.

1. Lutein: a highly essential supplements for eye health, lutein forms a protective shield and prevents formation of cataracts as well as macular degeneration in the eyes. This antioxidant is the primary carotenoid present in the central area of the retina called the macula. People with high intakes of the carotenoid lutein have been reported to be at a low risk for cataracts. Lutein also protects the retina from damage caused by sunlight and studies have shown that supplementation can be helpful to people with both early and advanced stages of the disease.

2. Vitamin A: required in large doses to ensure proper functioning of the retina, deficiency of vitamin A may cause ocular disorders like xeropthalmia or night blindness. Often recommend by doctors to correct a deficiency, vitamin A also plays a vital role in preventing dryness in the eyes.

3. Beta Carotene: directly related to vitamin A, supplementation of beta-carotene helps the body convert into vitamin A, correcting such a deficiency and improving vision and related issues such as night blindness. Additionally, studies have shown that long-term beta-carotene supplementation slowed the loss of cognitive function in middle-aged healthy males.

4. Selenium: this essential mineral is a good source of natural antioxidants and can be a useful supplement to maintain good eye health. Found in many multivitamins and multimineral products, selenium is known to regulate thyroid and prevent thyroid eye disease, also know known as Graves’ disease, a condition that can affect your eyes.

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21
FEB

Cold and Flu Got You Down?

Filed Under: Immunity,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

We are always looking for ways to help prevent getting sick.  We take our supplements, get a good nights rest and limit sugar in our diets.  What happens when the walls of our defense get breached and we find ourselves chilly, congested, achy and just not feeling right? Then we start looking for ways to help fight off infections and shorten the duration of the infection. Did you know that there are a couple of well-researched supplements out there that can shorten the duration of the common cold and flu?

The first supplement not only taste delicious but has been found to shorten the duration of the common cold. Zinc Lozenges specifically those made from zinc gluconate in a recent article fount that after 7 days, 86% of 37 zinc-treated subjects were asymptomatic, compared with only 46% of the 28 placebo-treated subjects. More than 80% of common cold infections affect school-aged children. Another article found that use of zinc lozenges significantly reduced the duration of cold infections as well as antibiotic use in children. This means for adults less paid time off days being used and for children less of those annoying sick days home from school. Zinc lozenges are not the only alternative supplements to shorten the duration of infections.

One last alternative supplement found in research to shorten the duration of flu infections is elderberry. Elderberry, also known as Sambuccus nigra, has traditionally been known for its ability to boost immune system function. One study showed that Sambucol, an elderberry formula, had the ability to reduce flu symptoms down to 3-4 days.

This cold and flu season don’t fret if your defenses let you down. Shop LuckyVitamin to help fight off the dreaded cold and flu viruses and get yourself back on your feet quicker.

 

 

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15
FEB

4 Essential Supplements for Bone Health

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

One of the most efficient ways to help prevent osteoporosis, reduce pain from osteoarthritis or just maintain healthy cartilage, bone health supplements are very helpful to many people. So, if you are looking to bone up on nutrients but are not sure about the ingredients you should be looking for, here are 4 essential supplements for bone health.

1. Calcium: no surprise here. Everyone knowns calcium builds strong bones and most people need about 1000 mg to 1200 mg a day of this important mineral. A primary nutrient for bone health, around 98% of all calcium in the body is stored in the bones.  Calcium is necessary to keep the entire body from becoming too acidic. So, if your calcium is low, the body will instinctively pull it from your bones to stay alive.

2. Vitamin D: another well-known bone supplement, vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. The recommended intake should be at least 400 IU, up to 600 IU of vitamin D daily for better bone health. It’s also well-known that the human body makes vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight and, therefore, people who spend too much time indoors, elderly, and anyone living in areas with low sun exposure during the winter months should considered vitamin D supplementation.

3. Magnesium: critical to the skeletal system, around 400 mg of magnesium should be sufficient to maintain optimal bone health. Magnesium supplementation may be hard on the stomach, so choose magnesium citrate instead of magnesium chloride, carbonate or oxide.

4. Silica: this trace mineral regenerates body infrastructure including the skeleton, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, connective tissue, skin, hair and nails. Levels of silica in the body decrease with age and are needed in larger quantity by seniors.

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29
JAN

Vitamin K2 Provides Hope for Parkinson’s Patients

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Vitamin K2 deficiency is on the rise and linked to many age-related health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). This common neurodegenerative disorder adversely affects the central nervous system, targeting the part of the brain associated with critical functions such as vision, hearing and movement.

Though there may not be a definitive cause for PD many believe it is most likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, some PD cases are being attributed to mutations of specific genes, which have a negative impact on protein function. One such gene is PINK1, which functions as the powerhouse of the cell (mitochondria) and plays a crucial role in the process of neuron differentiation.

A recent study in Science revealed an exciting discovery that vitamin K2 alleviates the negative effects of the Parkinson’s-specific PINK1 mutations in fruit flies.  Flies are used most in genetic and biological studies because their inner workings and cellular activities closely reflect what occurs within our very own cells. Amazingly, PINK1-deficient flies fed vitamin K2 exhibited significantly improved flight, energy levels and survival rates compared with flies that were not supplemented with the vitamin.

Furthermore, the research revealed that vitamin K2 could transport electrons, a vital step in energy production. Overall the results from this study show a significant leap in our scientific understanding of the potential of vitamin K2, and were a welcome development for those suffering from, not only Parkinson’s, but from a variety of other diseases and disorders.

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22
DEC

7 Health Benefits from Biotin/Vitamin B7

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Biotin or B7 is a vitamin needed by every living cell of your body. Eggs, cheese, mushrooms, tuna, sardines, berries, leafy vegetables, peanuts and are good food sources of biotin. Getting enough biotin can provide multiple health benefits. Just to mention a few, here are 7 health benefits from biotin/B7:

1. Promotes beautiful skin: getting the sufficient amount of biotin may help promote glowing, wrinkle-free skin. Biotin is used in several skin care products like massage oils and creams. Lack of biotin may cause several skin problems including rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and acne.

2. Keeps your hair healthy: biotin supports hair growth and strengthening as a variety of hair products, shampoos and conditioners have biotin as a key ingredient in them. It works wonders for problems like dry, brittle hair and hair fall.

3. Promotes healthy nails:  the cosmetic industry has used biotin in a variety of products for nails. In fact, many supplements are labeled “hair, skin and nails” and contain significant amounts of biotin in their formulas.

4.  Weight loss helper: studies have shown that biotin is essential to sustain proper rates of metabolism. With high biotin levels, your body is able to breakdown food at a faster rate increasing your metabolism, thereby helping in weight loss.

5. May prevent diabetes: Biotin plays a role in enhancing the secretion of insulin, a protein that regulates blood sugar levels. Multiple studies have suggested that biotin may play an important role in preventing and treating diabetes.

6. Improve digestion: biotin’s main function is carrying out metabolic processes of the body. When you eat, several reactions rely on biotin to properly breakdown the food, including breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. If your body has sufficient levels of biotin, the food will instantly be processed.

7. May Prevent Heart Disease: research suggests that biotin helps in reducing certain risk factors leading to heart disease. Regular biotin supplementation may reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and total cholesterol, as well as reducing the risk of, heart attack atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.

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16
DEC

5 Reasons You Need A Whole Food Supplement

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The human body needs good nutrition to function properly. Eating a healthy diet is essential for maintaining good health, but it can be difficult to keep up with everything we eat. Whole food nutritional supplements are one of the best ways to get all the important nutrition needed for many reasons. In addition to be the most convenient, easy-to-use product, here are 5 reasons you need a whole food supplement:

1. Absorption: your body absorbs much more of the whole food supplement than a conventional form. Synthetic alternatives to whole foods are known as isolates and your body will only absorb a small percentage of an isolate form of vitamins and minerals and utilize even less.

2. Minimal Processing: manufacturers who grow their own whole food ingredients have control over them and quite often are certified organic farms. Once the ingredients are harvested, supplements should be made as soon as possible as food begins to lose nutrients. Delays in processing can lead to a loss of phytonutrients, and starting manufacturing process immediately is the best way to minimize the loss of vital nutrients within each ingredient.

3. Organic: organic whole food supplements from certified organic sources provide superior nutrition and health benefits. Once unknown to the general public, the differences between organic and conventional foods have become very popular and today most people know the amazing benefits and advantages of organic food over regular products.

4. Nutrient Dense: supplements made from raw, nutrient-dense whole foods are by far the best products for your body. Nutrient-dense whole foods are easier to assimilate, and may have a balancing action for your body systems. Overall nutrition is the foundation for vitality and healing within the body, particularly from nutrient dense, concentrated whole foods such as algae-derived sea minerals, herbs, greens, sprouts, seeds and living pre-probiotics.

5. Naturally Occurring: whole food supplements made from concentrated whole foods contain naturally occurring ingredients like vitamins and minerals which are not isolated. These highly complex structures combine a variety of enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, activators which work together synergistically to enable this vitamin complex to do its job in your body. Nutrients from within this complex cannot be taken apart or isolated from the whole, and then be expected to do the same job in the body as the whole complex is designed to do.

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7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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31
OCT

Preventing Colds with Zinc Supplements

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Cold weather is coming and so is the common cold. As people start looking for supplements to build up the immune system and prevent colds during the winter months, a new study shows that zinc supplements may be the best way to prevent the common cold.

A recent report shows that taking zinc supplements were found to be beneficial at preventing colds. Additionally, the study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, emphasizes that hand washing was also effective at preventing the illness spreading, the authors concluded. “The best evidence for the prevention of the common cold supports hand-washing and possibly the use of zinc supplements,” said Dr. Michael Allan, of the Department of Family Medicine, at the University of Alberta.

At least two trials indicated that children who took 10 or 15mg of zinc sulphate daily had lower rates of colds and fewer absences from school due to colds. Although the studies carried out on children the researchers concluded that there is no reason zinc could work only in children and not adults.

The common cold affects adults approximately 2-3 times a year and children under age 2 approximately 6 times a year. Symptoms such as sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, cough and malaise are usually worse in days 1-3 and can last 7-10 days, sometimes as long as 3 weeks. Only about one in 20 colds are caused by bacteria, with the majority caused by a virus which cannot be treated with anti-biotics.

“It is also important to note that these products are not designed for curing or preventing the spread of disease. Daily vitamin supplements provide important nutritional insurance for millions of users looking to safeguard their nutritional intake alongside a healthy diet.”

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26
SEP

The Natural Defense

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

With fall already here and the winter months rapidly approaching, the temperatures are going to start dropping.  This means sweaters, jeans and winter jackets are going to make the move from boxes to closets. This winter everyone is going to be looking for ways to boost their immune system and stay healthy. But you don’t need to worry; there are natural alternatives to help you save those sick days for when you really need to use them.

Probiotics are a great way to not only improve your digestive system, but also boost your overall health and well-being. These beneficial bacteria aid in the development of the intestinal cells, stimulate the maturation and development of immune system by aiding in the fight of pathogenic bacteria, detoxify the body, improve digestion and help to synthesize vitamins. Eighty percent of your immune system is found inside your digestive system, which means that a healthier gut equals a healthier you.

Vitamin D is one of the most talked about vitamins these days. It is a “powerhouse” supplement that has much more importance in the body than just aiding in the building of strong bones. This vitamin acts more like a hormone in the body by binding to different receptors. Vitamin D plays a critical role in your immune response by assisting your body in making well over 200 antimicrobial peptides which are necessary in fighting off a wide range of infections. Before starting supplementation, make sure to see your health care provider so they can check your vitamin D levels.

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has traditionally been known for its ability to boost immune system function. Because of its strong antiviral properties, it has long been used to treat colds and flu. Sambucol, an elderberry based natural remedy, was shown to be effective in vitro against 10 different strains of influenza virus. Another study showed that Sambucol had the ability to reduce flu symptoms down to 3-4 days. Don’t worry about giving this to children either; it’s safe, effective and taste delicious!

This fall start boosting your immune system naturally so you are ready to fight off all the bacteria and viruses this winter. Check out all of these great products and much more found at LuckyVitamin.com.

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11
SEP

The Importance of Magnesium for Brain Health

Filed Under: Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A new study suggests that magnesium levels are vital to brain health as population ages. The nutritional research concluded that magnesium deficiency in adults may play a more important role in cognitive impairment (CI), and more seriously, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), than previously thought.

The results of the study suggest that elevation of brain magnesium through dietary intake of magnesium exerts substantial positive effects on brain, actually restoring aging brains to their youthful conditions. The study is the first to show a mechanism for reversing cognitive decline in advanced stage AD mice, and is also the first to show an effective long-term treatment in AD mice. More exciting, though, are the implications of this study for the potential for treating AD in humans. Researchers feel confident that magnesium threonate can help maintain healthy brain activity and has dramatic effects in preventing synapse loss and reversing memory decline.

Magnesium is an essential mineral responsible to maintaining healthy brain functions. Over 50 million Americans have low levels of magnesium because people do not eat enough foods that contain magnesium. Cognitive impairment can affect a person’s memory, language, perception, ability to plan and carry out tasks, and judgment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates show that approximately 20% of people ages 55 and older will experience some form of cognitive impairment. The number and growth of the aging population in the U.S. is unprecedented.

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7
AUG

Vitamin D Deficiency Could Double Alzheimer’s Risk

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:21 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

In the largest study of its kind, researchers revealed that in older people, not getting enough vitamin D may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was released August. 6, 2014, online issue of Neurology.

The study evaluated blood levels of vitamin D, which includes vitamin D from food, supplements and sun exposure. Dietary vitamin D is found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna or mackerel and milk, eggs and cheese.

“We expected to find an association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising—we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated,” said study author David J. Llewellyn, PhD, of the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom.

The study evaluated 1,658 healthy people over the age of 65 without dementia and had their vitamin D blood levels tested. After an average of six years, 171 participants developed dementia and 102 had Alzheimer’s disease.

The results revealed people with low levels of vitamin D had a 53-percent increased risk of developing dementia and those who were severely deficient had a 125-percent increased risk compared to participants with normal levels of vitamin D.

Those with lower levels of vitamin D were nearly 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and those who had severe deficiency were over 120 percent more likely to develop the disease.

The results remained the same after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect risk of dementia, such as smoking, alcohol consumption and education.

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28
JUL

The Always Important Potassium

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Minerals are very important for our health. Some are called essential minerals for a good reason as the human body depends on them for a variety of functions. When listing the essential ones, potassium is certainly on the top of the list.

Potassium is a very important mineral for the human to work properly. It is a type of systemic electrolyte and is essential in coregulating ATP with sodium, an important process for maintaining good health. Your body needs potassium to build proteins and muscle as well as break down and utilize carbohydrates. Additionally, potassium controls the electrical activity of the heart and the acid-base balance of your body.

Many foods contain potassium including all meats, such as red meat and chicken, and fish such as salmon, cod, flounder, and sardines. Vegetarian sources include bananas, broccoli, spinach, legumes, potatoes, tomatoes, papayas, and lentils. Other fruits that contain significant amount of potassium include citrus fruits, cantaloupe, kiwi, prunes, and apricots. Milk and yogurt, as well as nuts, are also excellent sources of potassium.

The Food and Nutrition Center of the Institute of Medicine has established a recommended dietary intake for potassium of 4.7 g/day for adults. Women who are producing breast milk need slightly higher amounts (5.1 g/day). Check with your health care provider to develop a supplementation plan based on your specific needs.

Potassium supplements are an excellent way to ensure you are getting your daily recommended amount. Products are available in tablets, capsules, powder, and liquid form, so you can choose the best way to fit your needs of the always important potassium.

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